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: Qa-Rz
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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 |
RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD - Birmingham RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD - Birmingham RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD - Birmingham RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD - Birmingham RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD - Birmingham RAENO SILVER PLATE CO LTD
Birmingham
A mark linked to William Daffern, Birmingham. Active c.1910 - c.1940. Listed in 1929 as silversmiths, makers of dinner services etc
Reid & Sons - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Reid & Sons - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Reid & Sons - Newcastle-upon-Tyne: trade card REID & SONS
REID & SONS LTD
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The firm was established in 1778 by Christian Ker Reid. After his death (1834) the business was continued by his three sons, William Ker Reid, David Reid and Christian Bruce Reid. The business was managed by Reid family with other partners until 1930 when Reid & Sons was converted into a Ltd under the style Reid & Sons Ltd (active at 23/27 Blackett St, Newcastle). Since 1967 the firm was a subsidiary of Northern Goldsmiths Co Ltd. The firm obtained a Queen Victoria Royal Appointment.
C.L. Reis & Co - Glasgow C.L. Reis & Co - Glasgow C.L. Reis & Co - Glasgow CHARLES L. REIS & CO
Glasgow

A retailer's mark of general merchandise wharehouse Chas L. Reis & Co, active in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Sheffield.
Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes & Barber- Sheffield Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes & Barber- Sheffield RHODES & BARBER
Sheffield
a partnership of Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes and Barber active at Britain Works, 53 Howard Street, Sheffield (formerly J.A. Rhodes)
Richards & Walsh - Wexford RICHARDS & WALSH
Wexford
Richard Richardson - Sheffield Richard Richardson - Sheffield Richard Richardson - Sheffield Richard Richardson Corwall Works - Sheffield Richard Richardson - Sheffield RICHARD RICHARDSON
Sheffield

The business was established in 1796 in Sheffield by Richard Richardson. In 1895 the firm was active at Corwall Works, Sheffield and in London showroom at Ely Place, Holborn Circus.


Joseph Ridge & Co - Sheffield Joseph Ridge & Co - Sheffield (possibly) JOSEPH RIDGE & CO
Sheffield
Active at Lion Works, 47 Eyre Lane (1881-1886). Joseph Ridge was previously a partner of Ridge, Woodcock & Hardy (1872-1881). In 1886 Ridge, Allcard & Co was amalgamated in John Round & Sons and Joseph Ridge became its manager until c. 1915. The mark of Ridge & Co is tightly similar to the shape of some marks used by Round firm
Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield Roberts & Belk - Sheffield ROBERTS & BELK
Sheffield
The firm was established in Sheffield in 1809 under the style of Furnyss, Pole & Turner and from 1823 it traded as William Briggs. From 1858 it was managed by William Briggs and Samuel Roberts under the style Roberts & Briggs. In 1863 Roberts continued the business in partnership with Charles Belk under the style Roberts & Belk. In 1901 the firm was convertd to Roberts & Belk Ltd. The firm used the trade mark ROMNEY PLATE

ROBERTS & BELK history and information
Roberts & Briggs - Sheffield Roberts & Briggs - Sheffield ROBERTS & BRIGGS
Sheffield
active at Furnival Works, 38 Furnival st, Sheffield (1859-1863). The firm became Roberts & Belk in 1864
Roberts & Co - Sheffield ROBERTS & CO
Sheffield

William Roberts, trading as Roberts & Co, was active at Shoreham Works, Shoreham St, Sheffield (1858-1872). Roberts & Co succeeded to Roberts & Hall (1847-1858). The firm became Roberts & Timm (23 Orchard Lane, Sheffield: 1873-1888). From 1889 William Roberts traded solely at 4 Carver Lane, Sheffield (until 1893) and in 1894 formed Roberts & Manico
Roberts & Dore - Sheffield and London Roberts & Dore - London Roberts & Dore - Sheffield and London Roberts & Dore - Sheffield and London ROBERTS & DORE LTD
Sheffield and London

Founded in Sheffield in 1908 by Tom Rodes Roberts and James William Dore, trading as Roberts & Dore Ltd. In 1912 the business was transferred to Hatton Garden, London. A subsidiary company was listed in the same year in Sheffield as Roberts, Dore & Hall (Sheffield) Ltd. The firm opened a showroom in Dublin (1932) and traded extensively with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Spain.
Roberts & Briggs - Sheffield ROBERTS & HALL
Sheffield
active at Low St. Park and 51 Broad St, Sheffield. Succeeded to John Roberts. Amalgamated in 1852 in Roberts & Naylor
Roberts & Slater - Sheffield Roberts & Slater - Sheffield ROBERTS & SLATER
Sheffield

A partnership of William Briggs, Samuel Roberts and Joseph Slater. Active from 1845 to 1858 at 38 Furnival St, Sheffield. The firm succeeded in 1845 to William Briggs, plater and silversmith (c.1823-1845). In 1859, after the retirement of Joseph Slater, the firm changed to Roberts & Briggs
Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield A 1858 image of Joseph Rodgers & Sons factory, Norfolk Street, Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons - Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS
JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS LTD
Sheffield
A famous firm of cutlers and silversmiths founded in Sheffield in 1682. It was converted under the style of Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ltd in 1871. The factory was at 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield and a showroom at 60 Holborn Viaduct, London. New large works were opened in 1899 at River Lane, Sheffield. The firm was active also in Sheaf Island Works, in Middlewood Forge and in Pond Hill Works
Henry Rogers, Sons & Co - Sheffield HENRY ROGERS, SONS & CO
Sheffield
Active at 80/82 Eyre St, Sheffield
A. Round - Birmingham A. Round - Birmingham A. ROUND
Birmingham
c. 1910
B.J. Round & Sons - Birmingham an ancient advertising of B.J. Round & Sons - Birmingham BENJAMIN J. ROUND
B.J. ROUND & SONS
B.J. ROUND & SONS LTD
Birmingham

The firm was established in 1864. Active at 7-10 Northampton Street, Birmingham.
B.J. Round & Sons Ltd was Listed Exhibitor as Electro-platers and Finishers in Gold, Silver, Platinum, Nickel, etc., Chromium Plating at the 1929 British Industries Fair
John Round - Sheffield John Round - Sheffield John Round - Sheffield John Round & Son - Sheffield John Round & Son Ltd - Sheffield John Round - Sheffield John Round & Son - Sheffield John Round & Son Ltd - Sheffield John Round & Son Ltd - Sheffield John Round & Son - Sheffield JOHN ROUND
JOHN ROUND & SON
JOHN ROUND & SON LTD
Sheffield
The firm was established by John Round in Sheffield in 1847 as a small familiar workshop attached to his house in Tudor Street. The business proved successful and the firm in partnership with his son Edwin went under the title of John Round & Son. In 1874 the firm became John Round & Son Ltd and in 1886 the business of Ridge, Allcard & Co (Lions Works, Eyre Lane) was amalgamated and John Ridge became the manager. Supposedly, in this period the JR & S mark was sometimes accompanied by the "four tridents" trade mark, previously used by Joseph Ridge. The main factory was the renewed Tudor Works, Tudor Street, Sheffield while various showrooms operated in London. The firm used the trade marks "ALL THE ROUND" and "BENARES"
Ancient image of Tudor Works of John Round - Sheffield

OLD IMAGES OF THE FACTORY

JOHN ROUND & SON LTD history and information
J.J. Royle - Manchester J.J. ROYLE
Manchester
possibly a retailer
Thomas Russell & Co, Edinburgh THOMAS RUSSELL & CO
Edinburgh
James Ryals - Sheffield JAMES RYALS
Sheffield
Active from c. 1900
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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