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: Sa-Sh

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   

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Sampson Mordam & Co Ltd - London Sampson Mordam & Co - London Sampson Mordam & Co Ltd - London
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO LTD
London
City Road Factory and Warwick Street-Regent Street and Belfast Chambers-Beak Street London showrooms. The firm was the heir of Sampson Mordan senior, the inventor and proprietor of the "propelling pencil" patent

SAMPSON MORDAN & CO - HISTORY AND MARKS

William Henry Sampson - Sheffield
WILLIAM HENRY SAMPSON
Sheffield
Active c. 1880




H. Samuel - Manchester
H. SAMUEL
H. SAMUEL & SONS
Manchester
Established in 1862 by Harriet Samuel as a retail business in Manchester. After the acquisition of the James Walker Group (1984), merge with the Ratner Group (1985) and change of name to Signet Group Ltd (1993), H. Samuel claims to be the world's largest specialist jeweller with over 300 stores in the UK
Sanders & Blackband - Birmingham Sanders & Blackband - Birmingham
SANDERS & BLACKBAND
Birmingham
Active from 1936 at 70/76 Blackwood St, Birmingham
Sanders & Co - London
SANDERS & CO
London
Jewellers and silversmiths active at 248 Oxford St, London. Partners Sidney Sanders and William Metherell trading as Sanders & Co & James Walker
Sanders & Pedlinham - Birmingham
SANDERS & PEDLINHAM
Birmingham
Sampson Sanders and Bernard A. Pedlinham, active from 1920 at Great Hampton Street, Birmingham
John Sanderson & Son - Sheffield Farquharson: possibly a trade mark of John Sanderson & Son - Sheffield John Sanderson - Sheffield John Sanderson - Sheffield
JOHN SANDERSON
JOHN SANDERSON & SON
JOHN SANDERSON & SON LTD
Sheffield
John Sanderson was active at 18 Arundel St (1887-1889) and 34/36 Holly St. Sheffield (1895-1900). John Sanderson & Son Ltd was created in 1929 and was active at Trafalgar St, Sheffield (1929-1935). The firm used the trade mark ARGYLE PLATE and, possibly, FARQUHARSON
Thomas Sansom - Sheffield Thomas Sansom - Sheffield Thomas Sansom - Sheffield
THOMAS SANSOM
Sheffield
Active from 1808 at Norfolk Street, Sheffield as cutler and Old Sheffield Plate manufacturer
Sansom & Davenport - Sheffield
SANSOM & DAVENPORT
Sheffield
Active at 114 Rockingham St, Sheffield (1853-1856) Succeeded to Jph Davenport (manufacturer of silver and electro-plated ware). In 1856 the firm became Sansom & Creswick
W.S.Savage & Co - Sheffield W.S.Savage & Co - Sheffield W.S.Savage & Co - Sheffield
W.S. SAVAGE & CO
Sheffield
Active at 52 Pond St,(1863-1867) and at Standard Works, 173 Pond St, Sheffield (1876-1929). From 1900 the firm acted only as dealer.




Thomas Cox Savory & Co Adey Bellamy Savory  & Sons - London Adey Bellamy Savory  & Sons - London Adey Bellamy Savory  & Sons - London
THOMAS COX SAVORY & CO
ADEY BELLAMY SAVORY & SONS
London
Mainly a retailer business established in 1751 by Jonas Cockerton. The firm became Adey Bellamy Savory (1812 or before 1833 united with Thomas Cox Savory & Co), A.B. Savory & Sons (1833-1866) and Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd (1866-1893). In 1893 was incorporated in the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd
Adolph Scott - Birmingham
ADOLPH SCOTT
ADOLPH SCOTT LTD
Birmingham
Active in the 1920s at 23/26 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. The firm used the trade mark AMNORA
W.S.Savage & Co - Sheffield
ALEXANDER SCOTT
Glasgow
A jeweller. The firm entered sterling silver hallmarks (also as Alexander Scott Ltd) in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sheffield Assays Offices between 1920s and 1960s
Robert Scott - Glasgow
ROBERT SCOTT
Glasgow
Active at Buchanan Street, Glasgow, c. 1890
Scott & Randle - Sheffield/Birmingham Scott & Randle - Sheffield/Birmingham Scott & Randle - Sheffield/Birmingham Scott & Randle - Sheffield/Birmingham
SCOTT & RANDLE
Sheffield and Birmingham
A partnership of Alexander Scott and George Randle. Active 1922-1931
Selfridge & Co Ltd - London Selfridge & Co Ltd - London Selfridge & Co Ltd - London Selfridge & Co Ltd - London Selfridge & Co Ltd - London
SELFRIDGE & CO LTD
London
A retailer shop active in Oxford Street, London.
The firm ussed the trade mark Marlborough Plate
Selig, Sonnenthal & Co - London and Sheffield
SELIG, SONNENTHAL & CO
London and Sheffield
Founded in 1871, the Selig Sonnenthal company were originally known as M. Selig Junior & Co. and based at Lambeth Hill, Queen Victoria Street, London. As well as being manufacturers with a factory in Coventry, they were also very successful agents (various maker's and branding badges are found on their machine tools), importers and one of the leading retailers of engineering and associated products.




Shaw & Fisher - Sheffield an ancient advertisement of Shaw & Fisher Shaw & Fisher - Sheffield James Shaw & Fisher - Sheffield James Shaw & Fisher - Sheffield James Shaw & Fisher - Sheffield
SHAW & FISHER
Sheffield
James Shaw & Fisher were active at Norfolk Place and Killham Works 39-43 Suffolk Rd, Sheffield (1835-1894) starting electroplating c. 1849. The firm used the trade mark BRISBANE SILVER. Succeeded by James Deakin & Sons, Ltd: The firm used the trademark BRISBANE SILVER.
Sheffield Goods Supply Co - Sheffield
SHEFFIELD GOODS SUPPLY CO
Sheffield
Active at 39 Leadmill Rd, Sheffield (1891-1894)
Sheffield Nickel & Silver Plating Co Sheffield Nickel & Silver Plating Co Sheffield Nickel & Silver Plating Co Sheffield Nickel & Silver Plating Co Sheffield Nickel & Silver Plating Co
SHEFFIELD NICKEL & SILVER PLATING CO LTD
Sheffield
Active at Globe Works, Green Lane (1877-1898)




John Sherwood & Sons A 1856 advertisement of John Sherwood & Sons - Birmingham John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons John Sherwood & Sons
JOHN SHERWOOD & SONS
Birmingham
John Sherwood & Sons of Birmingfham, represented in London by their agents Hall & Russel at 185 Upper Thames Street and Queenhite advertised in 1869 as manufacturers of silver and electroplated goods of every description.
George Sherrif Sherwood and William Sherwood, trading as John Sherwood & Sons, spoon and fork manufacturers etc. of Litchfield Street, Birmingham, dissolved their partnership on 18th October 1879.
J.Sherwood & Sons are subsequently recorded with William Sherwood, who retired on 31st December 1899, as a partner, together with Wilfred Sherwood (1899-1909) and George Sherwood (1901-1909), at Regent Works, Regent Street, Birmingham and 31 Ely Place, Holborn.

William R. Shirtcliffe & Son - Sheffield (possibly) William R. Shirtcliffe & Son - Sheffield (possibly) William R. Shirtcliffe & Son - Sheffield (possibly) William R. Shirtcliffe & Son - Sheffield (possibly) William R. Shirtcliffe & Son - Sheffield (possibly)
WILLIAM R.SHIRTCLIFFE & SON
WILLIAM R.SHIRTCLIFFE & SON LTD
Sheffield
Active at Rockingham St, Sheffield (1882-1886). Succeeded to William R. Shirtcliffe (1872-1881) and became Ltd in 1921.
The "signpost" mark was used also by William Suckling of Birmingham
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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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