ENGLISH ELECTROPLATE SILVER

MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF SHEFFIELD AND BIRMINGHAM SILVER PLATE MAKERS
WITH THE ADDITION OF OTHER BRITISH, SCOTTISH AND IRISH MANUFACTURERS



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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: Da-Dh

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   

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DANIEL & ARTER
DANIEL & ARTER LTD
Birmingham
Firm established by Thomas Henry Daniel and Thomas Richard Arter at the Globe Nevada Silver Works, Highgate Street, Birmingham. The firm was converted in 1920 into a limited liability company under the style Daniel & Arter Ltd. The business closed in the 1930s.
Daniel & Arter used these trade marks:
ALUMINUM SILVER, ARGENLINE, BENGAL SILVER, BRAZILIAN SILVER, BURMAROID, INDIAN SILVER, JAPANESE SILVER, LAXEY SILVER, NEVADA SILVER

DANIEL & ARTER: HISTORY AND INFORMATION PAGE





A.L. Davenport Ltd, Birmingham (courtesy Ian Cook) A.L. Davenport Ltd, Birmingham
A.L. DAVENPORT Ltd
Birmingham
The firm was established by James Davenport circa 1927. In 1932 he purchased T. Wilkinson & Sons Ltd. After his death the factory was managed by his son Eric Davenport. The company ceased trading in 1971
Davenport & Bray, Sheffield Davenport & Bray, Sheffield
DAVENPORT & BRAY
Sheffield
Active at Albion Works, 57 Eyre St, Sheffield (1871-c.1874). At the same address the activity was continued by George Davenport until 1884.
Davies & Powers - Birmingham Davies & Powers - Birmingham
DAVIES & POWERS
Birmingham
Hockley Hill, Birmingham, 1930s/1960s
Henry Clifford Davis - Birmingham (possibly) Henry Clifford Davis - Birmingham (courtesy Ian P Cook)
HENRY CLIFFORD DAVIS
Birmingham
Active at 121 Vyse St, (c. 1910), Hartford St, (c. 1913) and 23 Warstone Lane, Birmingham (c.1933). Similar hallmarks for sterling silver items were entered in Birmingham and in Chester (1953) Assay Offices. After 1933 the style was changed to H.Clifford Davis Ltd.




Davis-Blackham & Co - Birmingham
DAVIS-BLACKHAM & CO LTD
Birmingham
c. 1911
Davis & Sons - Glasgow Davis & Sons - Glasgow Davis & Sons - Glasgow Davis & Sons - Glasgow Davis & Sons - Glasgow
DAVIS & SONS
Glasgow




Davis Duff & Son Limited - Glasgow
DAVIS, DUFF & SON LTD
Glasgow
c. 1937 - c. 1959
Dawson & Co - Birmingham
DAWSON & CO
Birmingham
c. 1897
Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd - London Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd
STEWART DAWSON & CO
STEWART DAWSON & CO LTD
London
A retail business established in 1869 by David Stewart Dawson. The firm was active as jewellers and watch manufacturers at Hatton Garden London, with premises in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. In 1907 the firm was converted to Stewart Dawson & Co Ltd (until c. 1935). Various sterling silver hallmarks were entered in Birmingham, Chester and London Assay Offices
James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield: 1871-c.1900 James Deakin & Sons Sheffield: 1871-c.1900 James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield James Deakin & Sons Sheffield
JAMES DEAKIN & SONS
Sheffield
The firm was established in 1865 by James Deakin at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield. Before 1886 he was joined in partnership by his three sons, William Pitchford, John and Albert and the style of the firm was changed to James Deakin & Sons. In 1888 they opened London offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct. Other branches were opened at Glasgow and Belfast. In 1897 the firm was converted to James Deakin & Sons Ltd.
Trade marks used: AZTEC, PURITAN, REVLIS, SARBON, SHAW & FISHER, SIDNEY SILVER. The figural trade mark (table bell) was used from 1871 to 1936.

JAMES DEAKIN & SONS: HISTORY AND INFORMATION PAGE

Joseph Deakin & Sons - Sheffield
JOSEPH DEAKIN & SONS
Sheffield
114 Green Lane (1855-1862); Spring St (1863-1885); 51 Bridge St (1886-1891).
I.S. Dearden - Sheffield
I.S. DEARDEN
Sheffield
E. Dent & Co - London
E.DENT & CO
E.DENT & CO LTD
London
The firm E. Dent & Co. was originally founded by the English watchmaker Edward John Dent (1790 - 1853), renowned for the clocks he made for the Royal Exchange and Westminster (Big Ben). After a partnership with John Roger Arnold ("Arnold & Dent") he established himself at 82 Strand and at 33 Cockspur Street. After his death, the business was continued by his stepsons Frederick and Richard, followed by their successors. The company's name was changed to E. Dent & Co (1861) and in 1920 to E. Dent & Co Ltd. The firm used the trade mark BIG BEN




John Derby & Sons Ltd - Sheffield
JOHN DERBY & SONS
JOHN DERBY & SONS LTD
Birmingham
Active from 1879 at 260 St Philip's Rd and 28 Suffolk St, Sheffield. The firm used the trade mark VICTORIA PLATE
Frederick Derry - Birmingham
FREDERICK DERRY
Birmingham
William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham Venetian silver William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham Venetian silver William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham William Deykin & Walter A. Harrison - Birmingham
DEYKIN & HARRISON
DEYKIN & HARRISON LTD
Birmingham
Active at Jennens Row, Birmingham since 1895. The partners were William R. Deykin and Walter A. Harrison. VENETIAN SILVER was a trade mark used by the firm. In 1907 the firm became Deykin & Harrison Ltd

DEYKIN: HISTORY AND INFORMATION PAGE

Deykin & Sons  - Prussian Silver - Birmingham William R. Deykin & Sons - Birmingham William R. Deykin & Sons - Birmingham William R. Deykin & Sons - Birmingham William R. Deykin & Sons - Birmingham William R. Deykin & Sons - Birmingham
DEYKIN & SONS
Birmingham
active from 1854 as electroplaters in their Venetian Works, 5&6 Jennens Row, Dale End, Birmingham. The business was succeeded by Deykin & Harrison in 1895. Possibly the firm used a lozenge with a letter inside (see "C" and "L") as date code (unknown). The firm used the trade mark PRUSSIAN SILVER

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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