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MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF USA AND CANADA SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS

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AMERICAN SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER - ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKERS:
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AMERICAN MAKERS Aa Am Ba Bi C D E F G H I - J - K L Ma
SILVER PLATE MARKS Mi N O P Q Ra Ro Sa Sm T U-V Wa We-X-Y-Z
LITERAL MARKS
FIGURAL MARKS
anchors, arrows, bells, birds, candelabra, crosses, crowns
fantastical entities, horses, human figures, lions
plants and vegetables, stars, swords axes and blades, windmills, others
AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS
FLATWARE PATTERNS
The Pairpoint Corporation - New Bedford MA The Pairpoint Corporation - New Bedford MA The Pairpoint Corporation - New Bedford MA (courtesy Timeless Trader) THE PAIRPOINT CORPORATION - New Bedford MA
Organized in 1880 as Pairpoint Mfg. Co.
Operations ceased in 1958.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PALMER & BACHELDER
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PALMER & PECKHAM
Charles Parker Co - Meriden, CT CHARLES PARKER CO - Meriden, CT
active c.1870-1907
Parker & Casper Co - Meriden, CT Parker & Casper Co - Meriden, CT PARKER & CASPER CO - Meriden, CT
Incorporated in St. Louis, MO in 1866 as Parker & Casper Britannia Co. Became in 1867 Parker & Casper Co and was bought in 1869 by Wilcox Silver Plate Co


Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PARKS BROS. & ROGERS
G.W. Parks Company - Providence, RI G.W. PARKS CO - Providence, RI
Active 1910s-1920s. Succeeded to Hayden Mfg Co. The firm used the trade mark Hope Silver Co on its plated silver
Paul Revere Silver Co Inc - Boston, MA PAUL REVERE SILVER CO INC - Boston, MA
Active c. 1910 - early 1920s
Paye & Baker Mfg. Co. - North Attleboro, MA Paye & Baker Mfg. Co. - North Attleboro, MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
PAYE & BAKER MFG CO - North Attleboro, MA
origin as Simmons & Paye in 1896. Became Paye & Baker in 1901. In 1952 became a division of the Bishop Company. Out of business c. 1960


Peerless Silver Company - Brooklyn, NY PEERLESS SILVER COMPANY - Brooklyn, NY
Active 1930s/1960s
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. - St. Louis MO PELTON BROS SILVER PLATE CO - St. Louis MO
listed in St. Louis City Directories 1872-1900
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section J.C. PENNEY CO INC
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section KARL POUL PETERSEN
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THE PETTERSON STUDIO
Philadelphia Plate Co - Philadelphia, PA PHILADELPHIA PLATE CO - Philadelphia, PA
Active c. 1860s/1870s


Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT ALBERT PICK & CO - Bridgeport, CT
Established in 1930. Still in business in the 1970s
a trade name of FRIEDMAN SILVER CO INC PILGRIM SILVERPLATE
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section J.O. & W.PITKIN
Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
POOLE SILVER CO - Taunton MA
Founded in 1893, purchased by Towle Mfg. in 1971


Porter Britannia & Plate Company - Taunton, MA PORTER BRITANNIA & PLATE COMPANY - Taunton, MA
Active from 1859 to c. 1870
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section FRANKLIN PORTER
Porter Plating Co - Taunton, MA PORTER PLATING CO - Taunton, MA
Active c. 1870
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PREISNER SILVER COMPANY
Prill Silver Co Inc - New York, NY PRILL SILVER CO INC - New York, NY
active from c. 1940


Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PRYOR MFG. CO. INC.
The two common forms of plated silver are Sheffield plate and silverplate/electroplate.
Sheffield Plate is a cheaper substitute for sterling, produced by fusing sheets of silver to the top and bottom of a sheet of copper or base metal. This 'silver sandwich' was then worked into finished pieces. At first it was only put on one side and later was on top and bottom.
Modern electroplating was invented by Italian chemist Luigi V. Brugnatelli in 1805. Brugnatelli used his colleague Alessandro Volta's invention of five years earlier, the voltaic pile, to facilitate the first electrodeposition. Unfortunately, Brugnatelli's inventions were repressed by the French Academy of Sciences and did not become used in general industry for the following thirty years.
Silver plate or electroplate is formed when a thin layer of pure or sterling silver is deposited electrolytically on the surface of a base metal. By 1839, scientists in Britain and Russia had independently devised metal deposition processes similar to Brugnatelli's for the copper electroplating of printing press plates.
Soon after, John Wright of Birmingham, England, discovered that potassium cyanide was a suitable electrolyte for gold and silver electroplating.
Wright's associates, George Elkington and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electroplating in 1840. These two then founded the electroplating industry in Birmingham England from where it spread around the world.
Common base metals include copper, brass, nickel silver - an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel - and Britannia metal-a tin alloy with 5-10% antimony. Electroplated materials are often stamped EPNS for electroplated nickel or silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal.
Sheffield plate by the fusion process was not made in America, but factories here did turn out quantities of electroplated silver. In fact, it was so popular that one English firm with several variations of its name, but all including Dixon, sold quantities of electroplated silver, issued catalogues, and even had a New York showroom.
Today there is a great deal of American plated silver which has been treasured for years. Many families had plated silver as well as fine sterling. Some of it was inherited; some prized for sentimental reasons. If you have this plated ware, and it is as dear to you as fine early silver, then you are among the happy people of this world.
On plated silver the terms 'triple' and 'quadruple' indicate the number of coatings received by the base metal in the electroplating process. Naturally the more metal used in the plating the longer the piece should last. Polishing and wear have taken their toll of much of this plated ware and whether pieces are worth replating depends on their usefulness and your pleasure in them. If you like them well enough to spend money on them, then by all means have the work done, but remember a piece is worth at market value only the metal that is in it, the base metal under the plating being worth very little.

E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most common names attributed to silver plate items. But many other names are used for silver plate:
EPWM, Electroplate on White Metal, EPC, Electroplate On Copper, EPCA, Electro Plated Copper Alloy, EPGS - Electro Plated German Silver, EPMS - Electro Plated Magnetic Silver, African Silver, Albion Silver, Alpha Plate, Ambassador Plate, Angle Plate, Argentium, Argentine Plate, Argentum, Ascetic, Austrian Silver, Brazilian Silver, Britanoid, Cardinal Plate, Electrum, Embassy Plate, Encore, Exquisite, Insignia Plate, Kingsley Plate, New Silver, Nevada Silver, Norwegian Silver, Pelican Silver, Potosi Silver, Royal County Plate, Silva Seal, Silverite, Sonora Silver, Spur Silver, Stainless Nickel, Stainless Nickel Silver, Unity Plate, Venetian Silver, Welbeck Plate,
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
American Silver Plate marks English Electroplate silver marks Old Sheffied Plate marks Continental European silver plate marks

STERLING SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER Aa An Ba Bi Ca Co Da Du E Fa Fo Ga Gi Ha Hi
MAKER MARKS I-J K La Li M N O P-Q Ra Ro Sa Si T-U-V Wa Wh-X-Y-Z

STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
AA
AE
AF
AZ
BA
BZ
CA
CH
CK
CZ
DA
DZ
EA
EZ
FA
FZ
GA
GZ
HA
HG
HH
HZ
IA
IG
IH
IZ
JA
JC
JD
JH
JJ
JP
JQ
JS
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
JT
JZ
KA
LZ
MA
MZ
NA
PA
PB
PZ
QA
RH
RK
RZ
SA
SG
SH
SZ
TA
TH
TI
TZ
UA
WB
WC
WF
WG
WL
WM
WS
WT
ZZ
St Petersburg hallmark official marks - legge 5 Febbraio 1935 Paris 1818/1838 hallmarkParis 1797/1809 hallmark London town mark German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Austrian silver hallmark Sanborn/Mexico silver mark Joseph Kopf: Tallinn silver mark
Russia Italy France England UK  Germany  Hanau  Austria  Mexico  Latvia - Estonia
BRITISH ELECTROPLATED SILVER
MAKER'S HISTORY
& MARK'S IMAGE
Aa Az Ba Bd Be Bn Bo Bz Ca Cn Co Cz Da Dh Di Dz Ea Eo Ep Ez Fa Fh Fi Fz Ga Gn Go Gz Ha Hh Hi Hz Ia Jz Ka Kz La Lz
MAKER'S HISTORY
& MARK'S IMAGE
Ma Maq Mar Mz Na Nz Oa Oz Pa Pg Ph Pz Qa Rz Sa Sh Si Sz Ta Uz Va Vz Wa Wh Wi Wz Ya Yz Za Zz unk. #1 unk. #2 unk. #3 unk. #4
LISTING
OF MARKS
AA
AZ
BA
BZ
CA
CZ
DA
DZ
EA
EZ
FA
FZ
GA
GZ
HA
HZ
IA
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JA
JM
JN
KZ
LA
LZ
MA
OZ
PA
QZ
RA
RZ
SA
SZ
TA
UZ
VA
VZ
WA
ZZ
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OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE | | ELKINGTON DATE LETTERS | WALKER & HALL DATE LETTERS | MAPPIN & WEBB DATE LETTERS | EPNS - EPBM |
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