JAMES DIXON & SONS
AND ITS PREDECESSORS: DIXON & SMITH - JAMES DIXON & SON

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MARKS - HALLMARKS - HISTORY

The business of manufacturing silversmiths, platers and Britannia metal workers was commenced in c. 1806 by James Dixon in conjunction with Thomas Smith in Silver Street, Sheffield.
In 1824 they moved to Cornish Place, a large site, which enabled them to expand and develop the workshops, casting shops, offices and warehouses.
In 1823 Thomas Smith withdrew and William Frederick Dixon, the eldest son of James, joined the firm. In 1830, the firm began making silver and plated goods at Cornish Place by acquiring the firm Nicholson, Ashforth and Cutts.
When James Willis Dixon, the second son of James, joined the firm the name was changed to James Dixon & Sons. In 1836, the firm began to make spoons and forks from nickel silver - an alloy of nickel, copper and zinc starting from 1848 to produce electroplate.
In the 1850s, several new buildings were constructed in Cornish Place to accommodate a stamp shop, showrooms, plating shops for the electro-plate processes and more warehouse space.
The firm exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, being awarded several prizes in different classes for silver and Britannia metal.
Dixon's costing book of 1879 includes designs by Christopher Dresser, registered from 1880, and these were produced until at least 1885, according to the trade catalogue issued in that year.
In the 1920s the firm began to use stainless steel to make both flatware and hollowware and the production of silver and silver plated goods declined. Stainless steel spoons and forks manufactured by James Dixon & Son carried the name "staybrite" and "Firth", as Firth Brown was the firm where "straybrite" steel was invented in the 1910s.
In 1920 the firm was converted into a limited liability company and in 1930 the firm of William Hutton & Sons Ltd of Sheffield was absorbed into James Dixon & Sons Ltd.
In the 1980s the firm had a financial collapse and the production in Cornish Place closed in 1992.

CHRONOLOGY:
Dixon & Smith c. 1806-1823
James Dixon & Son c. 1823-1835
James Dixon & Sons 1835-1920
James Dixon & Sons Ltd 1920
absorbed William Hutton & Sons Ltd 1930
financial collapse and absorbed into British Silverware Production c. 1984
acquired by Chase Montague Group & Thesco 1993

STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS

Sterling silver hallmark: James Dixon & Son(s) Sterling silver hallmark: James Dixon & Son(s)
James Dixon & Son, Silver Street and later James Dixon & Sons, Cornish Place, Sheffield.
Hallmarks entered in Sheffield Assay Office, used from 1829 until 1867
James Dixon & Sons, sterling silver hallmark: entered August 13, 1867 James Dixon & Sons, sterling silver hallmark, Sheffield 1909 James Dixon & Sons, sterling silver hallmark, Sheffield 1904
James Dixon & Sons, Cornish Place, Sheffield.
Hallmark entered in Sheffield Assay Office, August 13, 1867

TRADE MARKS:
OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE, ELECTROPLATE NICKEL SILVER, ELECTROPLATE BRITANNIA METAL,
STAINLESS STEEL, PEWTER

James Dixon & Son James Dixon & Son James Dixon & Sons
James Dixon & Sons, Old Sheffield Plate mark: c. 1835 James Dixon & Sons, Old Sheffield Plate mark: c. 1835 James Dixon & Sons: possibly Plated German Silver James Dixon & Sons: possibly Plated German Silver
James Dixon & Sons James Dixon & Sons, UK Patent Office entered December 12, 1842 James Dixon & Sons, ElectroPlated Britannia Metal James Dixon & Sons
James Dixon & Sons, ElectroPlated Britannia Metal James Dixon & Sons James Dixon & Sons
James Dixon & Sons, Britannia Plate James Dixon & Sons James Dixon & Sons, Plated Nickel Silver
James Dixon & Sons, Electro Plated Britannia Metal James Dixon & Sons, A1 Quality James Dixon & Sons, RESISTARN Nickel Silver: spoon and forks
James Dixon & Sons: pewter (possibly) James Dixon & Sons, Cornish Pewter James Dixon & Sons, Pewter
James Dixon & Sons, Staybrite Stainless Steel James Dixon & Sons, Staybrite Stainless Steel James Dixon & Sons, Staybrite Stainless Steel
James Dixon & Sons, NO RUS Firth Stainless Steel

"TRUMPET AND BANNER" FIGURAL TRADE MARK

James Dixon & Sons, Trumpet and Banner figural trade mark James Dixon & Sons, Trumpet and Banner figural trade mark James Dixon & Sons, Trumpet and Banner figural trade mark James Dixon & Sons, Trumpet and Banner figural trade mark James Dixon & Sons, Trumpet and Banner figural trade mark
The first corporate mark of the trumpet (bugle) and banner was granted in 1879, and the second with the name was added in 1890. Some authors claims that the trumpet with banner trade mark was officially registered in 1881 though being in use prior to that.
The "Trumpet and Banner" identifies without doubt Dixon's production. It is a fundamental element to prevent mistakes with the marks "JD & S" used by another Sheffield manufacturer, James Deakin & Sons
James Dixon & Sons James Deakin & Sons Sheffield
James Dixon & Sons
James Deakin & Sons
BRITISH SILVER MAKERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Adie & Lovekin mark Asprey & Co mark Atkin Brothers mark Barker Brothers mark E. Barnard & Sons mark Hester Bateman mark Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd markCharles Boyton & Son mark Thomas Bradbury & Sons mark Alfred Browett trade mark
Adie & Lovekin Asprey & Co Atkin Brothers Barker Brothers E.Barnard & Sons Bateman Boardman Glossop & Co Charles Boyton & Son T. Bradbury & Sons Alfred Browett
Chawner & Co mark Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co mark G.R. Collis & Co mark Daniel & Arter mark go to James Deakin & Sons page Deykin & Sons mark James Dixon & Sons mark Elkington hallmark Fattorini & Sons mark Garrard & Co Ltd mark
Chawner & Co Alexander Clark G.R. Collis & Co Daniel & Arter J.Deakin & Sons Deykin & Sons J.Dixon & Sons Elkington Fattorini & Sons Garrard & Co Ltd
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co mark John Grinsell & Sons mark Hamilton & Inches mark Harrison Brothers & Howson mark Hayne & Cater mark Hukin & Heath Ltd mark William Hutton & Sons Ltd mark George Jamieson mark Paul De Lamerie mark Levi & Salaman mark
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths John Grinsell & Sons Hamilton & Inches Harrison Br. & Howson Hayne & Cater Hukin & Heath W.Hutton & Sons George Jamieson Paul De Lamerie Levi & Salaman
Mappin & Webb mark Martin Hall & Co mark Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd mark R,F. Mosley mark H.H. Plante mark Thomas Prime & Son mark Robert Pringle & Sons mark Reid & Sons mark Roberts & Belk mark John Round & Son Ltd mark
Mappin & Webb Martin, Hall & Co Sampson Mordan & Co R.F. Mosley H.H. Plante Thomas Prime & Son Robert Pringle Reid & Sons Roberts & Belk John Round & Son Ltd
Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd  Ltd mark Sibray, Hall & Co mark W & G Sissons mark F.B. Thomas & Co mark George Unite & Sons mark C.J. Vander Ltd mark Wakely & Wheeler mark Walker & Hall mark West & Son mark Henry Wilkison & Co mark
AB Savory & Sons Ltd Sibray, Hall & Co Ltd W & G Sissons FB Thomas & Co George Unite & Sons C.J. Vander Ltd Wakely & Wheeler Walker & Hall West & Son H.Wilkinson & Co
Josiah Williams & Co mark Horace Woodward & Co Ltd mark . . . . . . . .
Josiah Williams & Co H.Woodward & Co . . . . . . . .
BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS


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