ROBERTS & BELK LTD
and their predecessors: FURNISS, POLES & TURNER - WILLIAM BRIGGS - ROBERTS & SLATER - ROBERTS & BRIGGS - ROBERTS & BELK
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MARKS - HALLMARKS - HISTORY

The firm was established as Furniss, Poles & Turner. The first hallmark was entered in Sheffield Assay Office as "plate worker, Furnival Street, Sheffield" on December 20, 1810.
From c.1822 to 1945 the firm traded as William Briggs (hallmark entered as Plate Worker, Button Lane on August 14, 1822).
Later William Briggs entered in partnership with Samuel Roberts and Joseph Slater. In 1845 the firm, trading as Roberts & Slater, silver and electroplate manufacturers, entered its hallmark in Sheffield Assay Office (September 1, 1845. Address: Furnival Street).
After the retirement of Joseph Slater (1858) the activity was continued until 1863 under the style Roberts & Briggs (hallmark entered on September 1, 1859).
In 1863, after the retirement of William Briggs, the firm changed to Roberts & Belk (the new partner was Charles Belk). Its first hallmarks were entered in Sheffield Assay Office on February 1, 1864.
In 1879, after the retirement of Samuel Roberts, the activity was continued solely by Charles Belk maintaining the style Roberts & Belk.
Besides the Sheffield factory, the firms were active also in London, with showrooms at 28 Ely Place, Holborn (1858) and later at Gresham House, 24 Holborn Viaduct (1883).
In 1901 the firm became Roberts & Belk Ltd and in 1961 was bought by C.J. Vander Ltd.

CHRONOLOGY:
Furniss, Poles & Turner, c. 1810 - 1823
William Briggs, c. 1823 - 1845
Roberts & Slater, 1845 - 1858
Roberts & Briggs, 1858 - 1863
Roberts & Belk, 1863 - 1901
Roberts & Belk Ltd, 1901 - the present
bought by C.J. Vander Ltd in 1961



Furniss, Poles & Turner mark Furniss, Poles & Turner
hallmark entered in Sheffield on December 20, 1810
Roberts & Slater mark Roberts & Slater
hallmark entered in Sheffield on September 1, 1845
Roberts & Briggs mark >Roberts & Briggs
hallmark entered in Sheffield on September 1, 1859
Roberts & Belk mark Roberts & Belk
hallmark entered in Sheffield on February 1, 1864
Samuel Roberts & Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk mark Samuel Roberts & Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk
hallmark entered in London on June 2, 1865
Samuel Roberts & Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk mark Samuel Roberts & Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk
hallmark entered in Sheffield (July 18, 1867) and London (January 8, 1878)


Charles Belk & E. Parkin  for Roberts & Belk mark Charles Belk & E. Parkin  for Roberts & Belk mark Charles Belk & E. Parkin for Roberts & Belk
hallmark entered in Sheffield on July 19, 1879
Roberts & Belk mark Roberts & Belk
hallmark entered in Sheffield on May 3, 1892
Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk Ltd mark Charles Belk for Roberts & Belk Ltd
hallmark entered in London on March 21, 1901
Roberts & Belk Ltd mark <Roberts & Belk Ltd
hallmark entered in London on March 3, 1906
Roberts & Belk Ltd mark Roberts & Belk Ltd
hallmark entered in Sheffield (date not found) and Chester (July 1, 1935)


SILVERPLATE MARKS
Roberts & Briggs, silverplate mark Roberts & Slater, silverplate mark
Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark
Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark
Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark
Roberts & Belk, silverplate mark William Briggs, silverplate mark





Ancient advertisement of Roberts & Belk Ltd Ancient advertisement of Roberts & Belk


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