When did England accept standard marks on silver?

When did England accept standard marks on silver?

England has also agreed to accept standard marks on silver imported into England from any nation that signs a 1976 treaty, or convention, guaranteeing strict testing of silver content.

What is the standard mark on a sterling silver plate?

The separate standard mark may appear as 925 only or 925 enclosed in a simple shape such as an oval, square or circle. If a piece was made in a foreign country for import into England, it would include a maker’s mark, control mark and standard mark.

Who was the inventor of the electroplated silver plate?

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. The company received financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 (renaming the firm Elkington, Mason & Co between 1842 and 1861) and was extremely successful.

When did mark Elkington start making silver plates?

Possibly this is a variation of 1887 mark Elkington & Co. are one of the most important names in English silver and certainly the most important in silver plate. They began life in Birmingham as a company of silversmiths in 1836, and experimented with improving gilding techniques.

What does it mean when silver plate says made in England?

– “Made in England” denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures.

The separate standard mark may appear as 925 only or 925 enclosed in a simple shape such as an oval, square or circle. If a piece was made in a foreign country for import into England, it would include a maker’s mark, control mark and standard mark.

Which is the first company to make Silverplate marks?

The first was Elkington (1841), followed by Walker & Hall (1884) and Mappin & Webb (but other less known makers tried to do something similar). The presence of the “CROWN” indicates a date before c. 1895. Elkington deleted the “crown” from its mark in 1898. In this case, being known the date letters of Elkington, we can date exactly the two marks.

England has also agreed to accept standard marks on silver imported into England from any nation that signs a 1976 treaty, or convention, guaranteeing strict testing of silver content.

What does EPNs stand for in silver tray?

EPNS would mean electroplated nickel silver (there is no silver in nickel silver though). This tray is probably worn down to the nickel silver in some areas, and the copper plating (below the silver plating) in most areas.

Can a sterling silver plate be sold with the 925 Mark?

With the 925 standard mark, a piece of silver can virtually be sold world wide with the same mark. The use of 925, however, does not preclude the use of sterling. Since 1999, more and more reproductions are including both 925 and sterling.

When did sterling silver start using the same mark?

The globalization of commerce has prompted nations to use the same units of weight, measure and standards to increase trade. In 1973, the European Community (EC) agreed to recognize 925/1000 as the official sterling silver standard and 925 as the official standard mark.

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