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: La-Lz

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|   
T. Land & Son - Sheffield T. Land & Son - Sheffield



T. LAND & SON
Sheffield
active at 107 Trafalgar St, (1901-1908) and Colonial Works, Queens Rd, (1909-1977). Formerly trading as Land & Oxley, the firm was converted to a Ltd in 1909. In 1952 the business was taken over by E.H. Parkin continuing activity until 1977 under its own name. The firm used the trade mark CIVIC
Larder & Burgess - Sheffield Larder & Burgess - Sheffield Larder & Burgess - Sheffield Larder & Burgess - Sheffield
LARDER & BURGESS
Sheffield
Active at 144 Eyre St (1900-1905), 38A Matilda St (1906-1923), 156 Eyre St (1924-1932), 10-12 Regent St, Sheffield (1933-1940)
Keswick School of Industrial Art Keswick School of Industrial Art
THOMAS LATHAM & ERNEST MORTON
Birmingham
Founded in Birmingham by Thomas Latham and Henry Morton in mid 19th century. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1915 under the style Latham & Morton Ltd.
G.H. LAUBEBENBURGH & CO, Birmingham



G.H. LAUBENBURGH & CO
Birmingham
not identified
Eugene Leclere - Sheffield
EUGENE LECLERE
Sheffield
Active at 56 Howard St, Sheffield (1914-1952)
George Shadford Lee Lee & Wigfull Ltd Lee & Wigfull (Sheffield) Ltd Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull (courtesy Holly Milte) Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Ltd Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull Ltd Lee & Wigfull Lee & Wigfull
GEORGE SHADFORD LEE
LEE & WIGFULL
LEE & WIGFULL (SHEFFIELD) LTD
Sheffield
George S. Lee was active in Charlotte Street Works, Sheffield, together with Henry Wigfull.
The firm was described as Manufacturing Silversmith, Electro Plater and Britannia Metal Smith.
The partnership between George Shadford Lee and Henry Wigfull was dissolved in 1870. The business was continued by Henry Wigfull under the same style and address (John Street Works, Sheffield).
The firm was converted in 1899 into a limited liability company under the style of Lee & Wigfull (Sheffield) Ltd. The firm used the trade mark INSIGNIA PLATE

OLD IMAGES OF THE FACTORY

an advertisement of  Lee & Wigfull an old advertisement of  George S. Lee




Frederick Efbank Leefe - London
FREDERICK EWBANK LEEFE
London
Business established by F.E. Leefe in 1857 at Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London. After the death of F.E. Leefe the business was continued by his son Arthur Leefe. In 1902 entered as partners Arnold Neale Baily and Thomas House Bates. Out of business in 1926 c.
E. & J. Leek - Birmingham (possibly) E. & J. Leek Ltd - London E. & J. Leek - Birmingham E. & J. Leek - Birmingham
E & J LEEK
E & J LEEK LTD
Birmingham & London
Active in Birmingham in the 1920s (E & J Leek). Active at 12/13 Hatton Garden in the 1930s (E&J Leek Ltd). The firm used the trade mark CELTIC PLATE
Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers & Lloyd - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield Levesley Brothers - Sheffield
LEVESLEY BROTHERS
LEVESLEY BROTHERS & LLOYD
Sheffield
Charles, William and Thomas Levesley began business in 1863 and William retired September 29, 1865. Active at Central Works 102 West St (1863-1870), Bow St and 1 Sands Paviours (1871-1877) 74-77 Mary St (1878-1929) and 203 Arundel St, Sheffield (1930-1935).
S.J.Levi & Co - Birmingham S.J.Levi & Co - Birmingham S.J.Levi & Co - Birmingham S.J. Levi & Co - Birmingham S.J. Levi & Co - Birmingham
S.J. LEVI & CO
Birmingham
Active at Squirrel Works, Regent Place, Birmingham (c.1900-c.1935). The firm used the trade marks LEVIATHAN PLATE and SQUIRREL BRAND
James Lewis & Sons - Sheffield
JAMES LEWIS & SONS
Sheffield
Active at 149A London Rd, Sheffield (1894-1909)
Lewis Rose & Co - Sheffield Lewis Rose & Co - Sheffield Lewis Rose & Co - Sheffield Lewis Rose & Co - Sheffield
LEWIS, ROSE & CO
Sheffield
Active at Debesco Works, Eyre Street, Sheffield. The firm partecipated to British Industries Fair of 1929 and 1947
Liberty & Co - London Liberty & Co - London Liberty & Co - London Liberty & Co - London Liberty & Co - London
LIBERTY & CO
London
Founded by Arthur Lasemby Liberty in 1875 as Liberty & Co. In 1894 the firm became Liberty & Co Ltd. The firm used the trade mark TUDRIC


Liberty & Co - London
Alfred Lindley - Sheffield



ALFRED LINDLEY
Sheffield
Active at Richmond Works (1881-1887), 99 Napier St, (1888-1890) and 25-27 Eyre St, Sheffield (1891-1897)
Lindsay & Paisley - Glasgow
LINDSAY & PAISLEY LTD
Glasgow
Jewellers & Silversmiths (Wholesale and Manufacture) at Gordon St. and (possibly) Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. Lindsay & Paisley registered sterling silver marks (L&P) in Glasgow Assay Office since 1898 (last 1936, also in Edinburgh Assay Office). Lunar Plate was a trade mark for silver plate production.
Lingard & Baker - Birmingham Lingard & Baker - Birmingham Lingard & Baker - Birmingham
LINGARD & BAKER
Birmingham
active from 1866 at Gt Hampton St, and 33 Powell St, Birmingham
Lister & Son - Newcastle on Tyne
LISTER & SON
Newcastle on Tyne
Lloyd Pascal & Co - Birminghamr LP&CO unidentified
LLOYD PASCAL & CO
Birmingham
Active (1900s-1960s) at Victory Works, 6A Aston Road, Birmingham, (1919), 303 Bloomsbury Street (c1930), then 71-74 Ford Street and Cherry Wood Road, Birmingham.
Lloyd Payne & Amiel - Manchester
LLOYD PAYNE & AMIEL
Manchester
The firm is recorded as "Clock & Watch makers, jewellers, musical instrument dealers, opticians & importers of dining and drawing room clocks and bronzes suitable for presentation". They were at Shudehill in 1869 and in Thomas St, Manchester by 1888
Lockwood Brothers - Sheffield trade card of Lockwood Brothers - Sheffield
LOCKWOOD BROTHERS LTD
Sheffield
A subsidiary of Joseph Elliot & Sons Ltd. Lockwood Brothers Limited was active at 74 Arundel Street (1855-1893) and at Spital Hill Works, Sheffield (1894-1922). Established 1767, incorporated 30th June 1891, the firm was the owner of John Sorby and Sons ('Pampa' and 'I. and H. Sorby' trademarks). The firm started electroplating in 1884
H.G.Long & Co - Sheffield H.G.Long & Co - Sheffield H.G.Long & Co - Sheffield H.G.Long & Co - Sheffield
H.G. LONG & CO
LONG HAWKSLEY & CO
LONG HAWKSLEY & CO LTD
Sheffield
The business was founded by Henry Godfrey Lamb Long in Arundel Street, Sheffield (c.1828). In the late 1840s he entered in partnership with George Hawksley and Benjamin Marples, trading as Long, Hawksley & Marples. After the death of Long (1863) and Marples (1866) the business was continued by George Hawksley as Long, Hawksley & Co. maintaining this name until c. 1906. After the death of Hawksley (1869) the firm was managed by Henry Biggin. Biggin retired in 1889 and the business was continued by Alexander Biggin and Henry Cockayne (partners). The firm was active at Hallamshire Works, 216-220 Rockingam St, Sheffield (1878-1911). The firm became H.G. Long & Co Ltd in 1911 but closed in 1912. In 1913 its name was resurrected and, managed by Joseph Allen, moved from Rockingham Street to New Hallamshire Works in Boston Street. In 1924 the firm was listed in Bridge Street and from 1941 to 1959 at Ecclesall Works, Rockingham Street (the same address of Joseph Allen & Sons). The trade mark (a shield enclosing tho crossed daggers) was granted in 1833.
Longden & Sons - London
LONGDEN & SONS
London
WILLIAM HENRY LYDE, Birmingham
WILLIAM HENRY LYDE
Birmingham

active c.1880 at Warstone Lane 26, Constitution Hill 26/50 and Newhall St, Birmingham. William Henry Lyde (electroplate manufacturer) continued the activity of George Unite at 50 Newhall Hill, Birmingham and in 1928 the business was converted into a limited liability company as George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd
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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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