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



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HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER

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AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS         ALVIN CORPORATION      BLACK, STARR & FROST       J.E.CALDWELL & CO    CLEMENS FRIEDELL    WILLIAM GALE    GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS    HOTCHKISS & SCHREUDER    INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF      DANIEL LOW & CO      LUNT SILVERSMITHS      MAUSER MFG. CO      MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO      POOLE SILVER CO      REED & BARTON      BERNARD RICE'S SONS      ROGERS      GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO      SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW      SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO      WILLIAM SPRATLING      ARTHUR STONE      TIFFANY & CO      TOWLE      TUTTLE SILVERSMITHS     WALLACE      WATSON COMPANY      E.G. WEBSTER & SON     WHITING MFG CO     WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO>
FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS     INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      ONEIDA SILVERSMITHS      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     
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 The Pairpoint Corporation - New Bedford MA 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
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THE PANIS GALLERY
a trade mark of SEARS ROEBUCK & CO PARAGON
Charles Parker Co - Meriden, CT CHARLES PARKER CO - Meriden, CT
active c.1870-1907
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section JAMES PARKER
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
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
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section FRANK PATANIA, Sr.
Paul Revere Silver Co Inc - Boston, MA 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 PELTON BROS SILVER PLATE CO - St. Louis MO
listed in St. Louis City Directories 1872-1900
E W & G Z Pelton - Middletown, CT E.W. & O.Z. PELTON - Middletown, CT
Active c, 1870
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 - Chicage, IL Albert Pick & Co - Chicage, IL Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT Albert Pick & Co - Bridgeport, CT ALBERT PICK & CO - Chicago, IL & Bridgeport, CT
A large warehouse supplying hotels the totality of their cafe/bar/kitchen requirements: from stoves, fryers, and fridges to chinaware, glassware, and fine silver. Active c. 1890-1930. In 1919 bought
E.H.H. Smith Silver Company of Bridgeport, CT which supplied the most of silverware retailed by Pick.
a trade name of FRIEDMAN SILVER CO INC PILGRIM SILVERPLATE
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section J.O. & W.PITKIN
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THEODORE H. POND
Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA Poole Silver Co.: Bristol trademark Poole Silver Co. - Taunton MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
POOLE SILVER CO - Taunton MA
Manufacture of plated silverware established in 1893 as Poole & Roche. Later, Poole bought the full control and managed the company until his death. Poole was succeded by his three sons until 1946 when they retired and sold the company to a group headed by Sidney A. Kane. In 1946 was opened a sterling silver department, in 1950 the Bristol Silver divison for popular plated holloware and in 1964 the brass division. The company was bought by
Towle Mfg Co in 1971.
Poole is now (2020) property of Lifetime Brands, Inc. owner of other historic brands as Gorham, International Silver, Kirk Stieff, Towle Silversmiths, Tuttle and Wallace.

POOLE SILVER CO: INFORMATION, MARKS, FLATWARE PATTERNS


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 POTTER STUDIO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section KATHERINE PRATT
Preisner Silver Company - Wallingford, CT Preisner Silver Company - Wallingford, CT Preisner Silver Company - Wallingford, CT
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
PREISNER SILVER COMPANY - Wallingford, CT
Active since 1935.
Prill Silver Co Inc - New York, NY Prill Silver Co Inc - New York, NY Prill Silver Co Inc - New York, NY Prill Silver Co Inc - New York, NY
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
PRILL SILVER CO INC - New York, NY
active from c. 1940. Connections with Edward Prill Inc. (1936) and Prill & Sons (c.1946)
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PRYOR MFG CO
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,

SILVERPLATE MARKS
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
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STERLING SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
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HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN STERLING SILVER

SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   


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