Dating mappin and webb silver plate marks
Sheffield cutlery may be used every day, whereas decorative vases or ornamental pieces are rarely used and therefore suffer less wear, often lasting the owner a lifetime.
This means that their silverware was bought by more people, rather than being an exclusive luxury item that only few people would buy.
Mappin & Webb was founded by Joseph Mappin in Sheffield in 1810.
Although Mappin and Webb is not the oldest Sheffield Silversmith still operating, it has a rich history and reputation for quality and for famous customers.
In England, Sheffield and Birmingham have been the greatest and most prolific manufacturers of Plate Silver, with Sheffield also housing the most famous of the silver plate manufactories - the Soho works of Matthew Boulton.The best-known initiative is the prohibition which came into effect from around 1896 of stamping plated wares with the crown, to avoid any misunderstanding with the symbol identifying the Sheffield Assay Office, as the Maker Elkington had formerly been known to do.Sheffield was renowned for producing a superior quality of candlesticks, to the point where other silversmiths bought the Sheffield candlesticks and superimposed their own hallmarks on top.The origins of Walker & Hall began with John Harrison metal worker who took out the first licence in Sheffield during 1843 to make electroplated pieces.He employed George Walker to learn electroplating while in Birmingham.