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: Pa-Pg

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|    |UK TRADE NAME DIRECTORY|    |ALPHABETIC SYMBOLS|    |SILVERPLATE PSEUDO HALLMARKS|    |DATING UK PATENT MARKS|    |OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE|    |ELKINGTON DATE LETTERS|    |WALKER & HALL DATE LETTERS|    |MAPPIN & WEBB DATE LETTERS|    |EPNS - EPBM|    |BRITANNIA METAL|    |UNIDENTIFIED SILVERPLATE MARKS|
Padley William  & Son Padley William  & Son Padley William  & Son Padley William  & Son Padley William  & Son
WILLIAM PADLEY
WILLIAM PADLEY & SON
WILLIAM PADLEY & SON LTD
Sheffield
Formerly Padley, Parkin & Staniforth. Active at 57 Burgess St (1876-1882), Surrey St, (1883-1890), 8-2 Howard St (1891-1903), Meadow St (1904-1911). Converted in 1900 into a "Ltd"
Padley, Parkin & Staniforth - Sheffield Padley, Parkin & Staniforth - Sheffield
PADLEY, PARKIN & STANIFORTH
Sheffield
Active (1846-1875) at 1 Watson Walk, Sheffield and 215 Salisbury Street, London. Succeeded to Padley, Parkin & Co. The firm used a "palm of hand" trademark acquired from J. Watson & Son in 1849 (Watson used this trademark since 1830)
William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Ltd Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham William Page & Co Birmingham
WILLIAM PAGE & CO
WILLIAM PAGE & CO LTD
Birmingham
Active from 1880 at Cranemore St, Cattle's Grove and 55 Albion St, Birmingham. In 1936 the firm became Ltd. The firm used the trade mark SILVERITE and ROMAN SILVER.
In 1938 Wm Page was a supplier of spoons to the British Government, marking its production with the
"broad arrow" symbol.
A William Page was active in Birmingham from 1829 as Close Plating and German Silver maker (address: Belmont Rw / 74 Dale's End / Lawley St. / Curzon St.)
A William Page & Partners Ltd was present in Sheffield.




an advertisement of Page Keen & Page - Plymouth Page Keen & Page - Plymouth
PAGE KEEN & PAGE
PAGE KEEN & PAGE LTD
Plymouth
Active as goldsmiths, silver smiths, jewellers and watchmakers at 17 George Street and, after WWII, at 87 Mutley Plain, Plymouth. The founder of the business was James Andrew Page, but the firm derives its name from the partnership (1871) of James Andrew Page (1811-1898) with Henry Keen (1822 - 1886) and James Hearder Page (son of James Andrew Page, dead in 1918). After 1913 the business was continued by Reginald George Page and James William Frederic Page. The business was still operating at number 87 Mutley Plain in the 1970s but then either closed down or was merged into another jewellers, possibly Bowden & Sons
Joseph Parker & Sons - Sheffield (possibly) Joseph Parker & Sons - Sheffield
JOSEPH PARKER & SONS
Sheffield
Active as Joseph Parker in Pool Works, Burgess St (1858-1863) and at 60 Arundel St, Sheffield (1863-1872). The firm changed its name to Joseph Parker & Sons in 1872 and was active in Alexandra Works, 58-60 Trinity St, Sheffield until 1935
Parkin & Co  Sheffield Parkin & Co  Sheffield: 1965-1977 Parkin & Co  Sheffield Parkin & Co  Sheffield Parkin & Co Ltd Sheffield: after 1977 Parkin & Co - Sheffield Parkin & Co  Sheffield Parkin & Co  Sheffield: 1965-1977 Parkin & Co  Sheffield: 1965-1977
E.H. PARKIN & CO
PARKIN & CO LTD
PARKIN SILVERSMITHS LTD
Sheffield
E.H. Parkin & Co active at Unity Works, 212 Brookhill (1919-1928) and 122 Scotland St, Sheffield (from 1929). Converted into a "Ltd" in 1940 trading also as Parkin & Co and Parkin Silversmiths Ltd (1977). The firm used the trade mark CAMEO.
In the American market the firm used the trademark CHELTENHAM (distributed by The National Silver Company - New York)




Richard Parkin & Son -  Sheffield Richard Parkin & Son -  Sheffield
RICHARD PARKIN
RICHARD PARKIN & SON
Sheffield
Richard Parkin (formerly Thomas & Richard Parkin) active at 30 Pond Hill (1836-1853). Became Richard Parkin & Son in 1853. Active in 1857 at 42 Campo Lane, Sheffield as Britannia Metal and Electro plated goods makers
Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield Parkin & Marshall -  Sheffield
PARKIN & MARSHALL
Sheffield
One of the partners was the son of William Parkin (Thomas or Richard: possibly Richard who had an earlier firm Marshall and Cooper from 1861-62). The firm was active at Telegraph Works, 23 Furnival St, (1870-1892), Sylvester St, (1893-1914) and Milton St, Sheffield (1915-1924). The firm started electroplating in 1861. Parkin & Marshall used the trade mark XL ALL and SHARP EDGE
Thomas Parkin -  Sheffield
THOMAS & RICHARD PARKIN
THOMAS PARKIN
Sheffield
Active at 15 Sycamore St, Sheffield (1836-1872). Began electroplating in 1855
William Parkin -  Sheffield
WILLIAM PARKIN
Sheffield
William Parkin started the company in 1812. Active at 2 Broomhall Lane and 6 Campo Lane as plater and Britannia metal manufacturer (1822). In 1849 at Sheaf Bank as Merchant & table knife manufacturer.
John Pearce -  Sheffield
JOHN PEARCE
Sheffield
Active at 38 Angel St, Sheffield (c. 1850)
Pearce & Sons - Huddersfield acting as retailer of Roberts & Belk Pearce & Sons - Huddersfield acting as retailer of Roberts & Belk Pearce & Sons - Melton Mowbray - Leicestershire
PEARCE & SONS
Melton Mowbray - Leicestershire
Active at 29 Sherrard Street, Melton Mowbray - Leicestershire. Acting as retailers of Atkin Brother and Roberts & Belk items
Pembrook & Dickins - Birmingham



PEMBROOK & DICKINS
Birmingham
W.G. Dickins, silversmiths and electroplate manufacturers, trading as Pembrook & Dickins, 43 Hall Street, Birmingham
Pepper, Payton & Co - Birmingham
C. PAYTON & SONS
PEPPER, PAYTON & CO
PAYTON, PEPPER & SON
Birmingham
The firm was established in 1849 by Charles Payton as C. Payton & Sons. In 1877 J.F. Pepper joined the company. The business was active in the 1890s at 3, 4 and 5 Vyse Street, Birmingham under the styles C. Payton & Sons, Pepper, Payton & Co and T. Acott & Co. becoming a Limited company in 1898.
C. Payton & Sons was listed exhibitor at the 1929 British Industries Fair and Payton, Pepper & Son at the 1947 British Industries Fair. PEERLESS PLATE was a trade mark used by the firm.
Pepper & Hope Ltd - Birmingham Pepper & Hope - Birmingham
PEPPER & HOPE LTD
Birmingham
Founded c. 1960 by Dennis Hope having later a link with Arthur Prime Ltd. Out of business c. 2002. The firm used the trade mark ANNIVERSARY PLATE
H.Perry & Co - Birmingham (possibly) H.Perry & Co - Birmingham (possibly) H.Perry & Co - Birmingham (possibly) H.Perry & Co - Birmingham (possibly)
H. PERRY & CO
Birmingham (possibly)
Jackson Petfield - Wickes



JACKSON PETFIELD
Sheffield
Active at Havelock Works, Walker St, Wickes (1878-1881). Succeeded to Harrison & Wilson Petfield (1876-1877)
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P G S
a generic mark for PLATED GERMAN 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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