OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE

MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE MAKERS

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Thomas Boulsover, a Sheffield cutler, invented the process wich became called Sheffield plate about 1740.
The date is uncertain because no patent was taken out. The next known manufacturer was Joseph Hancock, in 1755, but others also began and in 1784 the Sheffield Plate makers obtained an Act of the Parliament legalizing a mark consisting of the full name of the maker and an associated device. In Sheffield plate a sheet of silver is fused on to a thicker one of copper and the compound billet rolled, both metals expanding equally, become a thin sheet of copper coated with a layer of silver. About 1840 the Electroplate process superseded Sheffielf Plate. Its production ceased about 1860.

Mark registered at the Sheffield Assay Office, under the regulations of the Act of 1784, by makers of fused-plate and close-plated wares.
Those engaged in close-plating are indicated by three asterisks ***
J - Q
A - C
D - I
J - Q
R - Z
MARK AND TABLE #
NAME ACCOMPANYING MARK
DATE
WHERE WORKING
JM Joseph Makin mark JOSEPH MAKIN
1786
Sheffield
JONES Jones, Show Room at New Street, Birmingham
1824
Birmingham
JOSEPHUS SMITH Smith J., South Street, Sheffield
1836
Sheffield
Key R. Law mark R. Law ***
1807
Birmingham
KIRKBY Kirkby S, Carver Lane, Sheffield
1812
Birmingham
LAW and TL in script Thomas Law mark Thomas Law
1758
Sheffield
Leg and foot M. Hanson M. Hanson
1810
Birmingham
Lozenge # 39 F. Madin & Co, Far Field, Sheffield
1788
Sheffield
Maple leaf Bishop Thomas, 24 St Paul's Square, Birmingham
1830
Birmingham
Metal gauge Smith ***
1821
Birmingham
T.OLDHAM Holy mark T. Oldham
1860
Nottingham
Orb and cross # 43 J. & S. Roberts, Union Street, Sheffield
Dunn ***
1786
1810
Sheffield
Birmingham
Phoenix Waterhouse, Hatfield & Co mark Waterhouse, Hatfield & Co, Portobello Place, Sheffield
1836
Sheffield
Pineapple Holy mark D&G Holy & Co mark Dan Holy, Parker & Co, Mulberry Street, Sheffield
D & G Holy & Co,
1804
1821
Sheffield
Sheffield
Pipe # 1 Danl. Holy, Wilkinson & Co mark Danl. Holy, Wilkinson &Co, Mulberry Street, Sheffield
I. Drabble & Co, Eyre Street, Sheffield
1784
1803
Sheffield
Sheffield
Pisces, sign off W. Woodward mark W. Woodward ***
1814
Birmingham
Pistol # 27 W. Green & Co W. Green & Co, Eyre Street, Sheffield
1784
Sheffield
Plough Allgood ***, Essex Street, Birmingham
1812
Birmingham
Question mark W. Silkirk W. Silkirk ***
1807
Birmingham
Devices of Old Sheffield Plate Devices of Old Sheffield Plate
Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate
Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate
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