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: Be-Bn
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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 |
T. Beardmore - Birmingham T. BEARDMORE
Birmingham
Active c. 1890
A.J. Beardshaw & Co A.J. Beardshaw & Co A.J. Beardshaw & Co
A.J. Beardshaw & Co A.J. Beardshaw & Co
ALBERT J. BEARDSHAW & CO
BEARDSHAW & CO
Sheffield
Active at 12 Mulberry St (1863-1866) and 32-35 Victoria St. Sheffield (1867-1951), trading as Beardshaw & Co from 1876
William Henry Beaumont & Co - Sheffield William Henry Beaumont & Co - Sheffield WILLIAM HENRY BEAUMONT & CO
Sheffield
Active at 1 Gell St, (1881-1886) and 103 Division Street (c. 1900), Sheffield
John Bednal & Co - Sheffield JOHN BEDNAL & CO
Sheffield
A business of John Bednal of Sheffield and James Wilton of Liverpool (Bednall John & Co. Eyre Lane, Sheffield -Sheffield spring knife cutler) created in the 1850s. The partnership was dissolved in 1864. Afterwards, Bednal continued in business on his own account, describing himself in 1871 as a "manufacturer" (25 Change Alley, Sheffield)
Walter Belk & Son  - Sheffield WALTER BELK & SON
Sheffield
Active a Kingsley Works, Young St, Sheffield (1915-1931). The firm used the trade mark KINGSLEY PLATE and was transformed into a Ltd in 1923
Jonathan Bell - Sheffield Jonathan Bell - Sheffield Jonathan Bell & Sons - Sheffield Jonathan Bell & Sons - Sheffield Jonathan Bell & Sons - Sheffield Jonathan Bell - Sheffield JONATHAN BELL
JONATHAN BELL & SONS
Sheffield
Active at 85 Montague St, Sheffield
BENETFINK & Co - London c. 1860 BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & Co - London BENETFINK & CO
London
Benetfink is a retailer's mark. Benetfink & Co was an optical company based at 85-90 and 107-108 Cheapside, London. The firm was active using the names Ben & Jones (1845-1851), Benetfink & Co (1852-1861), Benetfink & Fox and, again, Benetfink & Company in the 1890s
Bennett (1907) Ltd - London BENNETT (1907) LTD
London
The wholesale business J.B. Bennett & Co Ltd was founded in London in 1907 by John Baker Bennett. In 1908 the firm, described as manufacturing jewellers, changed its name to Bennett (1907) Ltd but was forced into voluntary liquidation in 1909 and the goodwill and the stock-in-trade were acquired by Fredericks Ltd. A sterling silver hallmark (SIR J.B.Ltd) was entered in c. 1932 in the London Assay Office by Sir John Bennett Ltd. Presumably the trade mark "Sir John Bennett" was used by retailer shops in the UK and, possibly, in Sydney (Australia).
Bennett & Heron Ltd - Sheffield Bennett & Heron Ltd - Sheffield BENNETT & HERON LTD
Sheffield
possibly a retailer
James William Benson Ltd - London JAMES WILLIAM BENSON LTD
London
The firm was active as Benson Brothers (1847-1855), J.W. Benson (1855-1897) and J.W. Benson Ltd from 1897. In late 20th century the firm was a subsidiary of Mappin & Webb Ltd.
James Beresford & Co - Birmingham JAMES BERESFORD & CO
Birmingham
Active at Eaglie Works, 42 Summer Rw/ 31 Charlotte Stret/ 36 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham. c. 1861-1896. The firm used the trade mark BERESFORD PLATE
Biddle & Collingwood - Birmingham BIDDLE & COLLINWOOD
Birmingham
c. 1875
John Biggin & Co  Ltd - Sheffield John Biggin & Co  Ltd - Sheffield John Biggin  - Sheffield (possibly) JOHN BIGGIN
JOHN BIGGIN & CO LTD
Sheffield
Specialised in measures and handles at 12 Mulberry St, Sheffield.
In 1911 John Biggin Ltd (Silver & German Silver Handle, Cap and Ferrule Manufacturers) was active at 10 Milk Street & 23 Sycamore Street.
The firm used the trade mark APEX
Birmingham Guild of Handicrafts Ltd - Birmingham Birmingham Guild of Handicrafts Ltd - Birmingham BIRMINGHAM GUILD OF HANDICRAFTS LTD
Birmingham
Formed in 1895 by Arthur Dixon and about 20 craftsman with the aim to reinstate handcraftmanship in Birmingham. The Guild was closely associated with the city's trade schools. The Guild amalgamated in 1910 with E & R. Gittings and merged in 1919 c. with Hart, Son, Peard & Co
Birmingham Handicrafts Ltd - Birmingham (possibly) Birmingham Handicrafts Ltd - Birmingham (possibly) BIRMINGHAM HANDICRAFTS LTD
Birmingham
possibly a mark of Birmingham Guild of Handicrafts
Birmingham Silver Plate Ltd - Birmingham (possibly) BIRMINGHAM SILVER PLATE LTD
Birmingham
possibly a group association of Mappin & Webb, Walker & Hall and Elkington (c. 1964)
George Bishop & Sons - Sheffield George Bishop & Sons - Sheffield George Bishop & Sons - Sheffield GEORGE BISHOP & SONS
Sheffield
Active at 216 Rockingham St. (1894-1913) and 158-164 Rockingham Lane (1914-1940)
Thomas Henry Blake - Sheffield Thomas Henry Blake - Sheffield THOMAS HENRY BLAKE
Sheffield
1887-1911 at 36 Holly Street (1887-1900) and later at Carver Lane. Blake was formerly partner in Bradley & Blake
Solomon Blanckensee & Son Ltd - Birmingham SOLOMON BLANCKENSEE & SON LTD
Birmingham
The firm was founded in Bristol in 1826. In 1863 it moved to Great Charles Street, Birmingham. Blanckensee & Son was the partnership of Solomon and Abraham Solomon Blanckensee
Albert Cowley Bloxham - London (courtesy Ian Cook) ALBERT COWLEY BLOXHAM
A.C. BLOXHAM LTD
London
Active in his showroom at 114, 115 Holborn, (since 1905) and as manufacturer at 6, 8 Roseberg Avenue, London (1912). The firm changed to A.C. Bloxham Ltd in 1919.
Edwin Blyde & Co Edwin Blyde & Co Edwin Blyde & Co Edwin Blyde & Co Edwin Blyde & Co Ltd Edwin Blyde & Co EDWIN BLYDE & CO
EDWIN BLYDE & CO LTD
Sheffield
216 Rockingham St, 1872-1878
Charleston Works, 32 Lambert St, 1879-1901
Orange St from 1902. Established in 1854, active until 1940, became Ltd in 1910. The firm had the property of the marks BRUMBY & MIDDLETON, T.W. DRABBLE & CO, JOSHUA BIGGIN & CO. The trade mark was a SPUR.
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,....
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
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
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