ENGLISH ELECTROPLATE SILVER

MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF SHEFFIELD AND BIRMINGHAM SILVER PLATE MAKERS

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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.
THE DIRECTORY OF BRITISH ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS: Aa-Az
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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO SILVERPLATE MARKS | FIGURAL TRADE MARKS | ALPHABETIC SYMBOLS | DATING UK PATENT MARKS |
OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE | | ELKINGTON DATE LETTERS | WALKER & HALL DATE LETTERS | MAPPIN & WEBB DATE LETTERS | EPNS - EPBM |
Barnett Henry Abrahams - London Barnett Henry Abrahams - London Barnett Henry Abrahams - London BARNETT HENRY ABRAHAMS
London

The business was established in c. 1866 by Marcus Newmark and Barnett Henry Abrahams. The firm became Newmark, Abrahans & Goldshmidt (1871-1872), Barnett H. Abrahams (1885-1928) and Barnett H. Abrahams Ltd (1928- c. 1974).
Josiah Adams & Sons - Birmingham (possibly) JOSIAH ADAMS & SONS
Birmingham (possibly)
William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York, possibly as retailer of Potosi Silver Co William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York William Adams Inc. Birmingham and New York WILLIAM ADAMS INC.
Birmingham and New York
Founded in 1865 by William Adams. Much of its production was exported, especially to the United States. Later the business was purchased by Henry Jenkins & Sons Ltd. Trademarks were registered in the U.S. in 1932 and 1950.
Adie Brothers Ltd - Birmingham Adie Brothers Ltd - Birmingham ADIE BROTHERS LTD
Birmingham

The firm was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of McKewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and E.S. Barnsley & Co (box and packing case makers). It had manufacturing premises in Birmingham and London
C.J. Adie & Nephew - Birmingham C.J. Adie & Nephew - Birmingham C.J. ADIE
C.J. ADIE & NEPHEW
Birmingham
C.J. Adie started the business in 1890 at Lion Works in Warston Lane, Birmingham. In the early days the company was known for a wide range of silver plated trinkets and cutlery and the like. Bicycle accessories were a later and highly successful line for many years. Charles J. Adie died in 1918. After Charles J. Adie death his nephew ran the business until 1944. Nephew's son Roger ran the business from the war until the 1970's. The business folded in 1990.
Ainsworth, Taylor & Co  - Birmingham Ainsworth, Taylor & Co  - Birmingham Ainsworth, Taylor & Co  - Birmingham Ainsworth, Taylor & Co  - Birmingham William Ainsworth (possibly)  - Birmingham WILLIAM AINSWORTH (possibly)
AINSWORTH, TAYLOR & CO
Birmingham
Ainsworth, Taylor & Co were active from 1878 at 78 Ford St, Park Rd and 40/42 Spencer St, Birmingham. Possibly they succeeded to William Ainsworth (active in 1872 at Ford Street, Birmingham)
William Alexander & Son - Glasgow WILLIAM ALEXANDER & SON
Glasgow
James Allan & Co - Sheffield James Allan - Sheffield JAMES ALLAN
JAMES ALLAN & CO
Sheffield
Active at Johnson Lane, Sheffield since 1849, producing Britannia Metal wares
Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield Charles James Allen - Sheffield Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield Charles James Allen - Sheffield Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin - Sheffield CHARLES JAMES ALLEN
ALLEN & DARWIN
London & Sheffield
Charles James Allen & Sidney Darwin trading as Allen & Darwin. Listed at 7 Hatton Garden, (1893-1894) and 12 Bartlett's Buildings, London (1897-1900). Active at Portland Works, 55 Arundel St, Sheffield (1898-1912). In 1928 the firm was changed to Allen's
A.N.D Plate Ltd - Birmingham A.N.D. Plate Ltd
Birmingham
c. 1948


Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield
Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield Angora Silver Plate Co Ltd - Sheffield
ANGORA SILVER PLATE CO LTD
Sheffield

Armstrong & Scott - Birmingham ARMSTRONG & SCOTT
Birmingham
c. 1894
Army & Navy Cooperative Society - Westminster - 1892 Army & Navy Cooperative Society - Westminster
Army & Navy Cooperative Society - Westminster - 1892 Army & Navy Cooperative Society - Westminster - 1892 Army & Navy Cooperative Society - Westminster
ARMY & NAVY COOPERATIVE SOCIETY
Westminster

Firm established in 1871 at 117 Victoria Street, Westminster. In 1901 branches were opened at Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and Karachi
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Arnold & Lewis - Manchester ARNOLD & LEWIS
Manchester
Active at 7 St. Ann's Square, Manchester from c. 1875 until c. 1905. The firm succeeded to I. Simmons as retail jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths, watch and clock makers
Arthur & Co Ltd - Glasgow (possibly) c. 1905/1910 ARTHUR & CO Ltd
Glasgow (possibly)
A retailer business started in 1837 by James Arthur. The firm, active in High St, Paisley, became Arthur & Fraser (1849), Arthur & Co (late 1850's) and Arthur & Co Ltd (1878). The firm was active at Buchanan St and later at Miller St, Glasgow.
Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield Philip Ashberry & Sons Sheffield PHILIP ASHBERRY & SONS
Sheffield

Active at 21 Bowling Green St, Sheffield (1856-1935). Philip Ashberry began trading in 1829 making Britannia metal wares.The names SAVOY and STAYBRIGHT were used in early 20th century cutlery. Ashberry is now part of the group Spear & Jackson


Ashberry cutlery box with Spear & Jackson logo
Frederick C. Asman & Co - Sheffield Frederick C. Asman & Co - Sheffield (c.1908) FREDERICK C.ASMAN & CO
Sheffield
Active at 20 Cambridge St. (1905-1933) and at 34 Eyre St., Sheffield (1934-1940)
ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & Co Ltd - London ASPREY & CO LTD
London

Business established in 1781 at Mitcham , Surrey, by William Asprey. Chronology of the firm: Kennedy & Asprey (1841-1843), Charles Asprey (until 1872), Charles Asprey & Son (until 1879), Charles Asprey & Sons (until 1888), C.& G.E. Asprey (until 1900 c.), Asprey (&Co) (until 1909), Asprey & Co Ltd (until present)

ASPREY history and information page
Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Atkin Brothers Sheffield Henry Atkin Old Sheffield Plate Harry Atkin of Atkin Brothers HENRY ATKIN
ATKIN BROTHERS
Sheffield

The firm traces its establishment to Thomas Law in mid 18th century. It was succeeded by Henry Atkin and John Oxley trading as Atkin, Oxley & Co. In 1840 Henry Atkin continued the trade as Henry Atkin & Co at 32 Howard Street, Sheffield. After his death, his brothers Harry Wrigth Atkin, Edward Thomas Atkin and Frank Shaw Atkin continued the business as Atkin Brothers. The firm was converted in 1925 into a limited liability company under the style of Atkin Brothers (Silversmiths) Ltd.

ATKIN history and information page
Atkins & Wigley - Birmingham (possibly) ATKINS & WIGLEY
Birmingham (possibly)
Charles Herbert Atkins and Ernest Wigley, active at 171 Hockley Hill, Birmingham (c.1920)
Atkinson Brothers - Sheffield ATKINSON BROTHERS
Sheffield
Active at Milton Works-Lion Works, Nowbray St, Sheffield from c. 1879. The firm used the trade mark IN MIND and BRILLO
Austin & Dodson & Co - Sheffield AUSTIN & DODSON & CO
AUSTIN & DODSON LTD
Sheffield
Active at Cambia Works, 191 Arundel Street, Sheffield (1835-1925)
E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most common names attributed to silver plate items (MORE about EPNS and EPBM ). But many other names are used for silver plate:
EPWM - Electroplate on White Metal, EPC - Electroplate on Copper, Argentium, Argentine Plate, Argentum, Ascetic, Austrian Silver, Brazilian Silver, Buxbridge, Electrum, Encore, Exquisite, Insignia Plate, Nevada Silver, Norwegian Silver, Pelican Silver, Potosi Silver, Silverite, Sonora Silver, Spur Silver, Stainless Nickel, Stainless Nickel Silver, Venetian Silver, W.M White Metal,....
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
American Silver Plate marks English Electroplate silver marks Old Sheffied Plate marks Continental European silver plate marks
BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS
London town marks Birmingham town marks Dublin town marks Edinburgh town marks glasgow town marks Sheffield town marks Exeter town marks
London Birmingham Dublin Edinburgh Glasgow Sheffield Chester
STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
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