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MARKS - HALLMARKS - HISTORY

Henry Griffith (born 1825) opened his silver business in 1850 registering his first hallmark in Birmingham Assay Office in November 1858. Further similar marks were entered in 1861 and 1862.
The firm was active at 161 Warstone Lane, Birmingham (1861) and later at No. 149 and No. 131 (1903).
Henry Griffith was joined in the partnership by John Henry Griffith (son), Edward Sermon (son-in-law, until 1881) and later by Frederic Griffith (another son). In this period the firm carried out the business as Henry Griffith & Son and later as Henry Griffith & Sons.
Various marks were entered in Chester Assay Office in 1887 and 1890 (Henry Griffith & Sons) and in London (1891, Henry Griffith).
In 1898 Henry Griffith retired and the business was converted into a limited liability company under the style Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd (in 1899 Frederic Griffith was the director).
New hallmarks were entered in Chester Assay Office in 1898, 1899 and 1906.
In 1912 John Henry Griffith retired and Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd went in liquidation to facilitate his retirementl. The business was continued by Frederic Griffith under the old style of Henry Griffith & Sons. Hallmarks were entered in Chester Assay Office in 1912 and 1937.
In 1919 c. the firm moved to a new purpose built factory in Tachbrook Road, Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) in order to take advantage of special concessions offered by the former Leamington Borough Council to firms willing to come to the town.
In 1947 the firm participated to the British Industries Fair as Manufacturers of 'Fine Jewellery' including: Cigarette Cases, "Fidelity" (Registered) Wedding Rings, Signet Rings, Cuff Links, Studs and Safety Pins, Bracelets, Brooches, Watch Bands and Bracelets. All types of Fancy Jewellery in Precious Metals and Silver. Also Silver Thimbles and Serviette Rings.
In 1954 c. the firm changed again its style returning to Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd.
Possibly in this period the firm ceased to be a family business and became part of the jewellery division of Caledonian Holdings Ltd.
From the 1970s the workforce was gradually reduced until the closing of the factory in November 1982.
Thimbles making was a Griffith family heritage. The father of Henry Griffith was a thimble maker and was put in charge of the thimbles departments at the beginning of his son activity.
The 'Griffiths' became one of the leading producers of silver thimbles and were one of the only silversmiths who marked some of their thimbles with 'Sterling Silver' instead of having them hallmarked.

CHRONOLOGY
Henry Griffith 1850
Henry Griffith & Son
Henry Griffith & Sons until 1898
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd 1898 - 1912
Henry Griffith & Sons 1912
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd c. 1954



STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1858
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1858
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1861 Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1861
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1861
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1862 Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1862
Henry Griffith, Birmingham hallmark, entered 1862
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered c. 1890 Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered c. 1890
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered c. 1890
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, date 1893
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, date 1893
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Birmingham hallmark, date 1899
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Birmingham hallmark, date 1899
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1899 Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1899 Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1899
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1899
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1906
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Chester hallmark, entered 1906
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered 1912
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered 1912. Similar marks were entered in 1937 and 1954


Henry Griffith & Sons, London hallmark, date 1919
Henry Griffith & Sons, London hallmark, date 1919
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, date 1926
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, date 1926
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1927
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1927
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1928
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1928
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1929
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1929
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1935
Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham hallmark, date 1935
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered 1954
Henry Griffith & Sons, Chester hallmark, entered 1954
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Birmingham hallmark, date 1962
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Birmingham hallmark, date 1962
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Sheffield hallmark, date 1975
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Sheffield hallmark, date 1975
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Sheffield hallmark, date 1978
Henry Griffith & Sons Ltd, Sheffield hallmark, date 1978
Henry Griffith & Sons, STERLING SILVER mark
Henry Griffith & Sons, STERLING SILVER mark
Henry Griffith & Sons, STERLING SILVER mark
Henry Griffith & Sons, STERLING SILVER mark
Henry Griffith & Sons, 925 mark
Henry Griffith & Sons, 925 mark



The factory at Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) The factory at Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire)
The factory at Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire)




Henry Griffith & Sons of Birmingham & Leamington Spa by Norma Spicer silver thimble celebrating Queen Elizabeth II Coronation silver thimble made by Henry Griffith & Sons silver thimble celebrating Queen Elizabeth II Coronation
Norma Spicer book and three silver thimbles made by Griffith factory


BRITISH SILVER MAKERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Adie & Lovekin markAdie & Lovekin John Charle Angell & George Angell markAngell Family Asprey & Co markAsprey & Co Atkin Brothers markAtkin Brothers Barker Brothers markBarker Brothers E. Barnard & Sons markE.Barnard & Sons Hester Bateman markBateman Family Maurice Baum markMaurice Baum Barnabus Blackburn markB.Blackburn Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd markBoardman,Glossop & Co Matthew Boulton markM.Boulton Charles Boyton & Son markC.Boyton & Son Thomas Bradbury & Sons markT.Bradbury & Sons Alfred Browett trade markA.Browett Chawner & Co markChawner & Co Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co markA.Clark Manufacturing Co G.R. Collis & Co markG.R.Collis & Co Augustin Courtauld markCourtauld Family Daniel & Arter markDaniel & Arter go to James Deakin & Sons pageJ.Deakin & Sons Deykin & Sons markDeykin & Sons James Dixon & Sons markJ.Dixon & Sons Dobson & Sons markDobson & Sons William Eley I and William Fearn markEley family Elkington hallmarkElkington & Co John Emes markEmes family Fattorini & Sons markFattorini & Sons Charles Thomas Fox and George Fox markFox family Garrard & Co Ltd markGarrard & Co Samuel Godbehere markS.Godbehere Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co markGoldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Henry Griffith markH.Griffith & Sons John Grinsell & Sons markJ.Grinsell & Sons Hamilton & Inches markHamilton & Inches Hancock & Co markC.F.Hancock Harrison Brothers & Howson markHarrison Br. & Howson Hayne & Cater markHayne & Cater Hennell family markHennell family Holland Aldwinckle & Slater markHolland Aldwinckle & Slater Horton & Allday markHorton & Allday Hukin & Heath Ltd markHukin & Heath William Hutton & Sons Ltd markW.Hutton & Sons George Jamieson markG.Jamieson Lambert & Co trade markLambert & Co Paul De Lamerie markP.deLamerie Latham & Morton markLatham & Morton Levi & Salaman markLevi &  Salaman Charles Maas markC.Maas & Co Mappin & Webb markMappin & Webb Martin Hall & Co markMartin Hall & Co R.F. Mosley markR.F.Mosley Henry George Murphy markH.G.Murphy Pairpoint Brothers markPairpoint Brothers H.H. Plante markH.H.Plante Thomas Prime & Son markT.Prime & Son Robert Pringle & Sons markR.Pringle & Sons Omar Ramsden markO. Ramsden Reid & Sons markReid & Sons Richards & Brown markRichards & Brown Roberts & Belk markRoberts & Belk John Round & Son Ltd markJ.Round & Son Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd markSampson Mordan & Co Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd  Ltd markA.B.Savory & Sons Sibray, Hall & Co markSibray, Hall & Co W & G Sissons markW & G Sissons Smily family markSmily Family Spurrier trade markSpurrier Paul Storr markP.Storr Tessiers Ltd trade markTessiers Ltd F.B. Thomas & Co markF.B.Thomas & Co George Unite & Sons markG.Unite & Sons C.J. Vander Ltd markC.J.Vander Wakely & Wheeler markWakely & Wheeler Walker & Hall markWalker & Hall D & J Wellby Ltd markD&J Wellby Ltd West & Son markWest & Son Henry Wilkison & Co markH.Wilkinson & Co Josiah Williams & Co markJ.Williams & Co Horace Woodward & Co Ltd markH.Woodward & Co
BRITISH SILVERSMITHS - ILLUSTRATED LISTING OF MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARKS
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