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: Di-Dz
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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 |
James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield - 1835 James Dixon & Sons Sheffield (courtesy Andrzej Waldhaus) James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Son Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Son Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield (possibly) James Dixon & Sons Sheffield James Dixon & Sons Sheffield JAMES DIXON & SON
JAMES DIXON & SONS
Sheffield
Business established in 1806 in Silver Street, Sheffield by James Dixon in partnership with a Mr. Smith. The firm became James Dixon & Son (1823), James Dixon & Sons (1835c.) and James Dixon & Sons Ltd in 1920. London showrooms were opened in London (1873), Sydney and Melbourne (1912).

OLD IMAGES OF THE FACTORY

James Dixon & Sons history and information
A 1858 advertisement of James Dixon & Sons Sheffield
Edmund Draper & Co - Sheffield EDMUND DRAPER & CO
Sheffield
The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild An advertisement of The Duchess of Sutherland's Guild of Handicraft THE DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND'S GUILD OF HANDICRAFT
THE DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND'S CRIPPLES GUILD
Hanley - Staffs
The Guild was founded in 1898 by Millicent Duchess of Sutherlands as The Potteries and Newcastle Cripples Guild. Art metalwork began in 1902 under the guidance of Francis Arthur Edwards. The Works were at Wilson St. - Hanley, Staffs. In 1907 the guild was converted into a limited liability company under the name of The Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild of Handicrafts. The activity was closed in 1922.
James Duncan retailer of Roberts & Belk (Sheffield)- Paisley James Duncan retailer of Atkin Brothers (Sheffield)- Paisley James Duncan retailer of Roberts & Belk (Sheffield)- Paisley JAMES DUNCAN
Paisley (Scotland)
A silversmith active in Paisley (Scotland) c. 1880, acting as retailer of Atkin Brothers and Roberts & Belk, Sheffield
John James Durrant - London JOHN JAMES DURRANT
London
Business established by John James Durrant in 1850/1860 c. at 30 Cheapside. In 1897 he joined in partnership with his son William James Durrant and the firm changed to John James Durrant & Son. In 1905, at the death of J.J. Durrant, the firm maintained the style Durrant & Son and was managed by W.J. Durrant
Dykes Brothers - Glasgow - possibly - DYKES BROTHERS
Glasgow - possibly -
A Jewellers and Silversmith firm active at 11 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow (possibly a retailer business)
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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