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 on silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal.

THE DIRECTORY OF BRITISH ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS: Ba-Bd

SILVERPLATE MANUFACTURERS: MARKS & HISTORY
Aa/Az    Ba/Bd    Be/Bn    Bo/Bz    Ca/Cn    Co/Cz    Da/Dh    Di/Dz    Ea/Eo    Ep/Ez    Fa/Fh    Fi/Fz    Ga/Gn    Go/Gz    Ha/Hh    Hi/Hz    Ia/Jz    Ka/Kz    La/Lz    Ma/Maq    Mar/Mz    Na/Nz    Oa/Oz    Pa/Pg    Ph/Pz    Qa/Rz    Sa/Sh    Si/Sz    Ta/Uz    Va/Vz    Wa/Wh    Wi/Wz    Ya/Yz    Za/Zz    unk.#1    unk.#2    unk.#3    unk.#4   

ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF SILVERPLATE MARKS
AA/AZ    BA/BZ    CA/CZ    DA/DZ    EA/EZ    FA/FZ    GA/GZ    HA/HZ    IA/IZ    JA/JM    JN/KZ    LA/LZ    MA/OZ    PA/QZ    RA/RZ    SA/SZ    TA/UZ    VA/VZ    WA/ZZ   

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John Bain Ltd - Edinburgh
JOHN BAIN
JOHN BAIN LTD
Edinburgh
Active at 11 Elder St, Edinburgh (from 1880)
John Baker - Sheffield
JOHN BAKER
Sheffield
Active at 40 Carver St, Sheffield (1847-1851)




John Baker & Sons - Sheffield an image of the founder John Baker c. 1850
JOHN BAKER & SONS
Sheffield
The original John Baker (b.1797) (on the left his image, c. 1850) was making files in Rockingham St, Sheffield for many years but by the time of the 1861 census he was manufacturing in Monmouth Street. In 1881 Grace's Guide the firm was active in Monmouth Works, Harmer Lane, Sheffield. Mark's image is taken from a table knife commemorating the firm's centenary in 1937.
Images and information were kindly supplied by Judy Baker, a descendant of the firm's founder.
Ball Brothers - non identified
BALL BROTHERS
Birmingham
Active c. 1882 at 14 Regent Rd, Birmingham
James Ballantyne & Son  - Glasgow James Ballantyne & Son  - Glasgow James Ballantyne & Son  - Glasgow
JAMES BALLANTYNE & SON
Glasgow
Jewellers at Virginia Street, Glasgow
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BARKER BROS
BARKER BROTHERS SILVERSMITHS LTD
BARKER ELLIS SILVER CO
Birmingham
Firm established in Birmingham in 1801 by Mary Barker. The business was continued by her son William Barker in partnership with Creed under the style Barker & Creed. In 1885 the firm traded under the style Barker Brothers at Unity Works, Paradise Street, Birmingham as a partnership of Herbert Edward Barker and Matthias Barker.
In 1903 they moved to new factory premises, Unity Works, Constitution Hill, Birmingham.
In 1907 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd and in the 1960s, merging with Ellis & Co (Birmingham) Ltd, the firm changed to Barker Ellis Silver Co Ltd.
On January 2, 1979, the firm obtained a Federal registration in the USA for the trademarks Ellis & Co, Barker Ellis and Ellis Barker (the marks were cancelled in 1988).
The company went into administration in 1992.
The firm used the trade marks BRITANOID, UNITY PLATE and THE HYGENIA

BARKER HISTORY AND INFORMATION PAGE




Edward, Edward Jnr, John and W. Barnard  - London Edward & John Barnard - London Edward & John Barnard - London
EDWARD & JOHN BARNARD
EDWARD, EDWARD JNR, JOHN AND WILLIAM BARNARD
London

BARNARD'S FACTORY HISTORY and MARKS

HENRY BARBASCONE & SONS, Sheffield HENRY BARBASCONE & SONS, Sheffield (possibly) HENRY BARBASCONE & SONS, Sheffield (possibly) HENRY BARBASCONE & SONS, Sheffield (possibly)
HENRY BARNASCONE
H. BARNASCONE & SON
H. BARNASCONE & SONS
Sheffield
Henry Barnascone and his brother Lewis were Swiss emigrants who settled in Sheffield in early 1800s. Henry was a cutler active 1868-1883. From 1884 the firm became H. Barnascone & Son and from 1901 to 1934 H.Barnascone & Sons (Ltd from 1909). The firm used the trade mark EMPIRE and (possibly) PROLIFIC
C.F. Barnes & A.D. Kirkby - Sheffield
C.F. BARNES & A.D. KIRKBY
Sheffield




Z.Barraclough & Sons - Leeds Z.Barraclough & Sons Ltd- Leeds Z.Barraclough & Sons - Leeds
Z. BARRACLOUGH & SONS
Z. BARRACLOUGH & SONS LTD
Leeds
The retail business was established in Leeds in 1807. From 1887 Z. Barraclough & Sons are listed at 54 Briggate Commercial Street, Leeds.
After 1914 the firm was converted into a Ltd under the style of Z.Barraclough & Sons Ltd.
a 1891 advertisement of John Batt & Co Sheffield John Batt & Son(s), Sheffield - possibly- John Batt, Sheffield John Batt & Co Ltd, Sheffield John Batt & Co Ltd, Sheffield: 1920-1938 John Batt & Co Ltd - Sheffield: 1920-1938
JOHN BATT
JOHN BATT & SON(S) (possibly)
JOHN BATT & CO LTD
Sheffield
Formerly John Batt (from 1867). In 1891 the firm, having some link with George Cutts & Sons (acquired c. 1890), was active at Park Electro Silver Plate Works, 33 Broad St. Sheffield and in its London showrooms at 157 Aldersgate Street. The firm became & Co Ltd in 1896 at 14 Sycamore Street, Sheffield (1896-1938). The firm used the trade mark PARK
William Batt & Sons, Sheffield William Batt & Sons Ltd, Sheffield (possibly) William Batt & Sons Ltd, Sheffield (possibly) William Batt & Sons Ltd, Sheffield (possibly)
WILLIAM BATT
WILLIAM BATT & SONS
WILLIAM BATT & SONS LTD
Sheffield
Active at 69 Broom Spring Lane, Sheffield.
The partnership of John, Joseph and Thomas Batt as William Batt & Sons was dissolved in 1866 and continued under the same style by Joseph and Thomas Batt and Francis Howard. Later (c. 1895) the firm was managed by Thomas Nowill Batt at 17 Sycamore St, Sheffield




W. Batty & Son - Manchester
W.BATTY & SON
W.BATTY & SONS
W.BATTY & SONS LTD
Manchester
Active at 9 Market Street and 1 Cross Street, Manchester and 135 Lord Street, Southport
Baum Brothers - Sheffield (possibly) Baum Brothers - Sheffield (possibly)
BAUM BROTHERS
BAUM BROTHERS (SHEFFIELD) LTD
Sheffield
Louis and David Baum acting as Baum Brothers. Active at 40 Nursery Street (1905), 154 Meadow Head, Woodseats (Baum Louis, 1911), 70 Edgedale Road, Millhouses (Baum David,1911), 95 Ashland Road (Baum David, director and chairman Baum Brothers (Sheffield) Ltd, 1925), Sheffield. Baum Brothers (Sheffield) Ltd went in voluntary liquidation in 1925. In 1911 the firm used in its knives (with silverplate blade) sterling silver ferrules made by J.A. Scholes of Monmouth Street, Sheffield.
Maurice Baum - Sheffield Maurice Baum - Sheffield Maurice Baum - Sheffield Maurice Baum - Sheffield
MAURICE BAUM
Sheffield
Active at Albert Works, 189-191 Norfolk St (1884-1900) and Mowbray St, Sheffield (1901-1904). The firm used the trade mark SILVERINE. Maurice Baum (born 1848) died in 1894, but the firm survived his death (managed, presumably, by his widow Rachel as in 1899 the 'MB' hallmark was still used in sterling silver knives) until was succeeded by his young sons Louis (c.1876-1950) and David Baum (1877-1951), acting as Baum Brothers (c.1904).
A.J. Bailey - Birmingham
A.J. BAILEY
A.J. BAILEY & SON
Birmingham
Everest Works, Tenby Street North, Birmingham

E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most common names attributed to silver plate items. 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,....




WORLDWIDE DIRECTORY OF SILVERPLATE MANUFACTURERS: HISTORY & MARKS
Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmarkUSA & Canada     Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmarkUK Electroplate     Devices of Old Sheffiel PlateOld Sheffield Plate     Herrmann factory silver plate markContinental/Europe

BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS

STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKER'S MARKS
AA/AE    AF/AZ    BA/BZ    CA/CH    CI/CZ    DA/DZ    EA/EZ    FA/FZ    GA/GZ    HA/HG    HH/HZ    IA/IG    IH/IZ    JA/JC    JD/JI    JJ/JP    JQ/JS    JT/JZ    KA/LZ    MA/MZ    NA/PA    PB/PZ    QA/RJ    RK/RZ    SA/SG    SH/SZ    TA/TH    TI/TZ    UA/WB    WC/WF    WG/WL    WM/WS    WT/ZZ   

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