MA-OZ: alphabetical glossary of marks and hallmarks of Sheffield silver plate makers, whith the addition of other British, MAPPIN PLATE, a trade mark of Mappin & Webb - Sheffield & London . BRITISH TOWN MARKS AND DATE LETTERS. British Silverplate Dating Systems - Mappin & Webb materials to record any information this time round, but such marks will hopefully provide. the key to date letters on Mappin & Webb silverplate items is unknown. My suggestion to date your silverplate.
Mappin & Webb: Silver Plate Date Marks
In the late s and early s we also added some other second hand pieces of Mappin Plate in the same pattern with different date letters. The differing layout and the variation between lower and upper case might suggest that these marks come from three distinct letter cycles but there is not enough time for this betweenwhen I think the pattern was introduced, and the dates in the s and s when I bought the new pieces illustrated earlier.
Perhaps there was a single cycle with variations in presentation some years.
In addition we acquired a few separate pieces and a second hand canteen for 8 of the same pattern but in Princes Plate which seems to be an earlier trade name. All the Princes Plate pieces are also marked RD at the base of the stem.
Elkington electroplate and silver plate: marks, hallmarks and date letter
The letters on these pieces are h, k, m and n. Incidentally, the second k in the picture should not really be there: I cannot fit these letters in with a cycle of any normal length that would lead up to the letters found on the Mappin Plate pieces.
Assuming these are all indeed date letters, as they seem to be, I wonder whether there were completely separate cycles for Princes and Mappin Plate. If anybody knows when Princes Plate ceased and when Mappin Plate started to be used as a trade name it might throw further light on this and narrow down the date range for the letters on these pieces of Princes Plate.
Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated silver are not subject to this practice and the regulation issued by the authorities had the main objective of preventing possible frauds by unscrupulous sellers of plated ware.Azucarera Mappin & Webb Princess Triple Deposit Silver Plate ( ML Arg.) 31-3-2017
The best-known initiative is the prohibition effective from c. Elkington was forced to change its mark in of stamping plated wares with the "crown", to avoid misunderstanding with the symbol identifying the Sheffield Assay Office.
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The absence of an official dating system makes it difficult to date silver plated wares. An approximate date can be determined by examining: Elkington deleted the "crown" from its mark in In this case, being known the date letters of Elkington, we can date exactly the two marks. That in the left with the crown is That on the right without the crown is The "LD" indicates that the piece was made after that date.
The "LTD" indicates that the piece was made after that date. In this case the date is July 26, This is not the date of manufacture of the piece popular model continued to be manufactured for many years but signifies that it was made after this date. In this case the number was registered in