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: Fi-Fz
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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 |
Finnigans Ltd - Manchester Finnigans Ltd - Manchester FINNIGANS LTD
Manchester

Firm founded by Benjamin Finnigans at 16 Market Street Manchester in 1875. The firm became Ltd in 1901 and had various addresses in Manchester, Salford, London (New Bond Street) and Liverpool
Harrison Fisher & Co Sheffield Harrison Fisher & Co Sheffield Harrison Fisher & Co Sheffield Harrison Fisher - Sheffield Harrison Fisher & Co Sheffield Harrison Fisher & Co - Sheffield Harrison Fisher - Sheffield Harrison Fisher - Sheffield Harrison Fisher & Co - Sheffield Harrison Fisher - Sheffield HARRISON FISHER
HARRISON FISHER & CO
Sheffield
Active at 70 Trafalgar St. (1897-1899) and Surrey Lane, Wellington St and 9 Eyre Lane (1900-1925), Sheffield . Became Harrison Fisher & Co in 1900. The firm ceased the manufacture of electroplated wares in 1925 but continued the trade. The firm used the trade mark PELHAM PLATE
CW Fletcher & Sons Sheffield CW Fletcher & Sons Arundel Plate Sheffield CW Fletcher & Sons Arundel Plate Sheffield CW Fletcher & Sons - Sheffield CW Fletcher & Sons - Sheffield CW FLETCHER & SONS
CW FLETCHER & SONS LTD
Sheffield
Active c. 1910-c. 1969. Manufacturing Silversmiths and Cutlers, etc. at Mortimer Works, Leadmill Street, Sheffield, Sterling Works, 172 Bramwell Lane and 76 Arundel St., Sheffield. The firm used the trade mark ARUNDEL PLATE
an old advertisement of CW Fletcher & Sons Arundel Plate Sheffield
Oreste Franzi & Co - London ORESTE FRANZI & CO
London - possibly
The English branch of the Italian firm Oreste Franzi Soc.An. (possibly founded in 1864) active in Via Manzoni 15, Milano as retailer silversmith (from a 1924 Directory). The firm is recorded at 5 Castle Street, Falcon Square London. Oreste Franzi & Co entered a sterling silver mark in Birmingham Assay Office (c. 1902). In 1908 Herbert Frederick Thorne (Manager) entered a sterling silver mark in Chester Assay Office (maker's trade: merchant). A similar mark was entered in London Assay Office in 1911 (as silver workers). In 1913 the firm was listed as fancy leather goods manufacturers. In 1916 the firm was listed at the same London address as Oreste Franzi & Co (London) Ltd.
Israel Freeman & Son - Sheffield and New York Israel Freeman & Son - Sheffield and New York Israel Freeman & Son - Sheffield and New York ISRAEL FREEMAN & SON
Sheffield
working in London at the beginning of the 20th century and moving to New York City in the 1920s. The company was still in business in NYC in 2006 and being run by a mother/daughter team. According to their website (now closed), the mother/daughter are descendants of Isaac Freeman and, at the time, were still selling small silver items (information courtesy Michael Asbill)
John Fullerton - Glasgow JOHN FULLERTON
Glasgow
Furber & Son, Cheltenham Furber & Son, Cheltenham FURBER & SON
Cheltenham
Possibly a retailer workshop. A Thomas Furber, silversmith/jeweller, 380 High Street, is present in a 1830 Cheltenham directory.
The firm used the trade mark IMPERIAL PLATE
Arthur E. Furniss - Sheffield A.E. Furniss & Sons- Sheffield A.E. Furniss - Sheffield A.E. Furniss - Sheffield A.E. Furniss - Sheffield A.E. Furniss & Sons- Sheffield ARTHUR E. FURNISS
A. E. FURNISS & SONS
A. E. FURNISS, SON & PERCHARDE LTD
Sheffield
The firm was founded by Arthur Edward Furniss. Active at 12 Holly St (1858-1862), 32 Rockingham St (1863-1873), Eagle Place, 27 Carver St (1874-1894), 62 Broad Lane and 13 Garden St (1895-1910). The firm changed to A.E. Furniss & Sons in 1910. In 1928 entered in partnership with Percharde Ltd under the style A.E. Furniss, Son & Percharde Ltd (1928-1934). This business was wound up voluntarily on October 15, 1962 and Leopold Ettling, F.C.A., of 28 Kenwood Park Road, Sheffield 7 was appointed liquidator
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
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