Dating silver plate letter dates
By 1838 they had discovered and patented a new way to electroplate one metal on to the surface of another.
By 1840 production was already underway with silver electroplated wares. Dixon & Sons Dobson & Sons Eley family Elkington & Co Emes family Fattorini & Sons Fox family Garrard & Co S.
Savory & Sons Sibray, Hall & Co W & G Sissons Smily Family Spurrier P.
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As a result the date letter cycle is usually 25 years as opposed to 26.
For example, due to the very simplistic font currently in use, it was decided that the letter ‘i’ should be omitted in 2008, with ‘j’ used instead and ‘l’ used in 2010.
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The company received financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 (renaming the firm Elkington, Mason & Co between 18) and was extremely successful.
It introduced electrotyping as a new method of production for silver plated items.