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: Bo-Bz

SILVERPLATE MANUFACTURERS: MARKS' IMAGE & 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   

|THE STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO SILVERPLATE MARKS|    |UK 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|    |BRITANNIA METAL|   
Boardman & Glossop - Sheffield Boardman & Glossop - Sheffield
Boardman & Glossop - Sheffield Boardman & Glossop - Sheffield


CHARLES BOARDMAN
BOARDMAN & GLOSSOP
BOARDMAN, GLOSSOP & CO
Sheffield

Charles Boardman started producing sterling silver wares (1844) but converted to electroplating in 1847 prior to enter in partnership with Glossop. Boardman & Glossop was active at 54 Pond St., Sheffield (1861-1871). The firm became Boardman, Glossop & Co in 1887 and was converted in 1895 into a limited liability company under the style Boardman, Glossop & Co Ltd. The business was bought in 1924 c. by Frank Cobb & Co. They were described as silversmiths, electroplaters and Britannia metal-smiths at Clarence Works, Sheffield and 16 Ely Place, Holborn, London (later at 18 Bartlett's Building, Holborn).

BOARDMAN & GLOSSOP HISTORY and MARKS

Boodle & Dunthorne Ltd - Liverpool
BOODLE & DUNTHORNE
BOODLE & DUNTHORNE LTD
Liverpool

The firm was established in 1899 by Frederick Lloyd Boodle and Edwin Edward Dunthorne at 35 Lord Street, Liverpool. The business was bought by Wainwright family in 1911 and became 'Ltd' in 1949. In present days they are still active as jewellers and goldsmiths in Liverpool, Chester, Manchester and London
Henry Bourne - Birmingham Henry Bourne - Birmingham Henry Bourne - Birmingham
HENRY BOURNE
Birmingham
Henry Bourne & Daniel J. O'Neill - Birmingham
BOURNE & O'NEILL
Birmingham

A partnership of Henry Bourne and Daniel J. O'Neill
George Bowen & Sons - Birmingham George Bowen & Sons - Birmingham George Bowen & Sons - Birmingham George Bowen & Sons - Birmingham George Bowen & Son - Birmingham
GEORGE BOWEN & SON
GEORGE BOWEN & SONS
Birmingham
Jonas  & George Bowen - Birmingham Jonas  & George Bowen - Birmingham Jonas  & George Bowen - Birmingham
JONAS & GEORGE BOWEN
Birmingham

active at 15 Victoria St and 29 Summer Rw, Birmingham
Jonas Bowen & Sons - Birmingham
JONAS BOWEN & SONS
Birmingham

active in Birmingham from 1877




Charles Boyton & Son Ltd - London Charles Boyton & Son - London
CHARLES BOYTON
CHARLES BOYTON & SON
CHARLES BOYTON & SON LTD
London

Founded in c. 1808 as Charles Boyton (until 1894). Became Charles Boyton & Son (1894-1919) and Charles Boyton & Son Ltd (1919-1933)


CHARLES BOYTON & SON LTD: HISTORY AND INFORMATION


BP a generic mark for Britannia Plate or British Plate
B P
A generic mark for Britannia Plate or British Plate
Bracher & Sydenham - Reading (possibly)
BRACHER & SYDENHAM
Reading

Active at Minster Street, Reading and later at Queen Victoria Street, Reading. The firm used the trade mark ROYAL COUNTY PLATE
Thomas Harwood &a Sons - Birmingham Thomas Bradbury & Sons- Sheffield Thomas Bradbury & Sons- Sheffield Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield - possibly Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield - possibly Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury & Sons - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury - Sheffield Thomas Bradbury & Sons - Sheffield
THOMAS BRADBURY & SONS
Sheffield

The firm was established in Sheffield as cutlers in 1736. In mid 18th century it traded under the style of Matthew Fenton & Co. Later they became silversmiths and Sheffield platers and registered their mark at the opening of the Sheffield Assay Office. In 1795 the business was sold to Thomas Watson who was joined by Thomas Bradbury (I). The firm became Thomas Bradbury & Son (1831), Thomas Bradbury & Sons (1855), Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd (1905). Goodwill and dies acquired by Atkin Brothers in 1943.

THOMAS BRADBURY & SONS: HISTORY AND INFORMATION

Bramwell & Co - Sheffield Bramwell & Co - Sheffield Bramwell & Co - Sheffield
BRAMWELL & CO
BRAMWELL BROWNHILL & CO LTD
Sheffield

Succeeded in 1893 to the firm of Alfred R. Ecroyd. Active at Fawcett St (1893-1896) and 15 Henry St, Sheffield (1897-1927). The firm used the trade marks RELIABLE and THE MASHER (the trade mark RELIABLE was used also by Marples, Wingfield & Wilkins - Sheffield)
William Brearley - Sheffield
WILLIAM BREARLEY
Sheffield

Active from 1868 at Carver Street, Sheffield
Briddon Brothers - Sheffield - 1863-1910 Briddon Brothers - Sheffield - 1863-1910 Briddon Brothers - Sheffield (possibly) Briddon Brothers - Sheffield Briddon Brothers - Sheffield - 1863-1910
BRIDDON BROTHERS
BRIDDON BROTHERS & CO LTD
Sheffield

Briddon Alfred & Frederick, from 1863-1910 at Victoria Plate Works, 7 Eyre Lane, Sheffield. They became & Co Ltd in 1905
William Briggs William Briggs
WILLIAM BRIGGS
Sheffield

Formerly Furniss, Pole & Turner. Active until 1958 at Button Lane 21, Carver St 13, Carver Lane 38 and Furnival St, Sheffield. Became Roberts & Briggs and later Roberts & Belk
William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs & Co William Briggs (possibly)



WILLIAM BRIGGS & CO
WILLIAM BRIGGS & CO (SHEFFIELD) LTD
Sheffield

Active at Wentworth Plate Works, 35 Andrew St, Wickes (1875-1922). Became William Briggs & Co (Sheffield) Ltd in 1900
K. Bright Ltd - Sheffield
K. BRIGHT LTD
Sheffield
S. Bright & Co - Sheffield
S.BRIGHT & CO
Sheffield

active c. 1864
Roger Broadhead & Co - Sheffield Roger Broadhead & Co - Sheffield A 1858 advertisement of Roger Broadhead & Co - Sheffield
ROGER BROADHEAD & CO
Sheffield

Late Broadhead & Atkin, Britannia Works, Love Street, Sheffield. In a 1858 advertisement the firm is described as manufacturers of Electro-Plated, British Plate, Britannia Metal Goods, Mounted Earthenware Jugs. Succeeded to Broadhead & Atkin

OLD IMAGE OF THE FACTORY

J.R under license of  Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield an advertisement of Broadhead & Atkin - Sheffield
BROADHEAD & ATKIN
Sheffield

Active in North St. Works. A partnership of Roger Broadhead and Henry Atkin at Love St, Sheffield (1834-1853). In 1853 the partnership was dissoved and they formed respectively R. Broadhead & Co and Atkin Brothers.
The Gentlemen's Magazine, July 1853, reported that on June 5, 1853, Charles Atkin, junior partner of Broadhead & Atkin dead of his own hand as "...for same time past he had been in a melancholy state mind concerning some partnership misunderstandings
Brook & Son - Edinburgh
BROOK & SON
Edinburgh

William & Alexander James Steel Brook & Son. Active at 87 George St, Edinburgh, c.1891/c.1950
Abram Brooksbank & Co - Sheffield Abram Brooksbank & Co - Sheffield
ABRAM BROOKSBANK & CO
Sheffield

actve from 1893 at Malinda Works, Malinda St. Sheffield. The firm used a "CANNON" as figural trade mark
Brookes & Crookes - Sheffield
BROOKES & CROOKES
Sheffield

John Brookes and Thomas Crookes, active at Atlantic Works, St Philip's Road, Sheffield
Alfred Browett - Birmingham Alfred Browett - Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Browett, Ashberry & Co Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham Howes & Browett,  Birmingham Alfred Browett, Birmingham



HOWES & BROWETT
ALFRED BROWETT
BROWETT, ASHBERRY & CO
Birmingham

The firm was founded in 1830 as Joseph Howes. Sometime between 1861 and 1870 a partnership was formed between Joseph Howes and Alfred Browett. The partnership was dissolved in May 1870 and the trade was carried out by Alfred Browett alone. In 1878 the firm was active (works and showrooms) as Electro Silver Plate and Britannia Metal manufacturer at 14 Dean Street, Birmingham. Later (before 1886) the firm became Browett, Ashberry, & Co., a partnership between Alfred Browett and Wilford Haukrigg Ashberry. The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent, from 23rd December, 1892 and the business was henceforth carried on by Alfred Browett.

ALFRED BROWETT: HISTORY & MARKS

George Bryan & Co - Birmingham (possibly)
GEORGE BRYAN & CO
Birmingham (possibly)

Active at Standard Works, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham (c.1905 - c. 1950)
the successors of Samuel Buckley & Co Ltd the successors of Samuel Buckley & Co Ltd
The successors of SAMUEL BUCKLEY & CO (OF LONDON & NEW YORK) LTD (possibly)
London & New York

Active in the 1910s as importer of gold and silver wares
Burgess Brothers - Birmingham
BURGESS BROTHERS
Birmingham

Active at 43 Northampton Street, Birmingham
Charles Truman Burrows & Son
CHARLES TRUMAN BURROWS & SON
Birmingham

Active from 1903 at 59 Branston Street, Birmingham
Anthony Burton (possibly) - Sheffield Anthony Burton (possibly) - Sheffield
ANTHONY BURTON
Sheffield

Active from 1901 at 23 Furnival St and 124 Broomhall St, Sheffield
Burton & Waters - Birmingham
BURTON & WATERS
Birmingham

c. 1921
J.E. Bushell - Birmingham J.E. Bushell - Birmingham J.E. Bushell - Birmingham (possibly) J.E. Bushell - Birmingham J.E. Bushell - Birmingham
J.E. BUSHELL
Birmingham

Joseph Edward Bushell, 66 Branston Str, 12 Caroline Street and 66 Tower Str, Birmingham
George Butler & Co  - Sheffield George Butler & Co  - Sheffield George Butler & Co  - Sheffield George Butler & Co  - Sheffield George Butler & Co  (possibly) - Sheffield George Butler & Co  - Sheffield George Butler & Co - Sheffield: 1945 advertisement George Butler & Co  - Sheffield: 1922 advertisement
GEORGE BUTLER & CO
GEORGE BUTLER & CO LTD
Sheffield

The firm was founded in 1681 and in 1922 was active in its Trinity Works in Sheffield with Showroom at 62 Holborn Viaduct, London. George Butler & Co Ltd had a wide range of patterns of stainless, silver plate and sterling silver flatware. The firm used the trade mark ART
Buxton & Co - Sheffield Buxton & Co - Sheffield Buxton & Russell - Sheffield (possibly) Buxton & Co - Sheffield
BUXTON & RUSSELL
BUXTON & CO
Sheffield

Buxton & Russel was a partnership between Edwin James Buxton and Samuel Russell (1852-1861). The partnership was dissolved and the firm became Buxton & Co (1861-1863). Active at Duke Place, St. Mary's Rd, Sheffield

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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