Elkington & Co.
England pioneer electro-platers and manufacturing silversmiths
Elkington & Co - A Pair of Parcel Gilt Silver & Enamelled Wine Coolers exhibited in 1862 @ London
Elkington & Co.'s has produced massive silver and silver electroplated objects including flatware, hollowware, display items, pens, jewelry and table ware. Besides their original experiments, the firm constantly seek to improve and update its electroplating techniques. One of notable examples includes the successful perfection of electroplating on glass or porcelain. This process is believed to have been from the America but Elkington is probably the first England firm capable of this technique. Elkington & Co. were probably both England pioneer in electro-plating and also manufacturing silversmiths.
Elkington & Co. was established by George Richards Elkington (17 October 1801 – 22 September 1865)'s uncle in Birmingham, England. At the age of 14, he become apprenticed to his uncles and learned the ropes of silver plating. After his uncle death, George Richards Elkington took over the business and subsequently later roped in his cousin, Henry Elkington around 1830s . The initial name registered was G. R. Elkington & Co.
Josaih Mason partnership
Electroplated wares became very successful in the Victorian market (20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901)
In the year 1841, they operated their electroplating in Newhall Street, Birmingham
Elkington Company Electroplating Machinery, circa 1842
In the year 1842, Josaih Mason was invited to joined the company. Josaih Mason manufacture pens. The company was renamed Elkington, Mason, & Co. After Josaih Manson entry into the company, the company seek seek diversification and products expended to include: pen and jewelry.
31 years later, the partnership with Josaih Mason was terminated. The company then again was managed by the 2 brothers. The name was then changed to Elkington & Co. Elkington & Co. operated under the 2 brothers from 1861 till 1963. In the year 1963, it was bought over by British Silverware, Ltd.. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd.
After founder's death
On George Richards Elkington's death in 22 September, 1865 he left £350,000 and the business was suceeded by his 4 s sons, Frederick, James, Alfred and Howard. The business continued to expand. Elkington received various royal warrants of appointments. One of their most famous pieces is the electrotype copy of the Jerningham Wine Cooler in 1884, In the year 1880, the company is documented to be employing around 1000 works at his Newhall Street factories.
19th century Elkington & Co electroplated three piece tea service designed by Christopher Dresser sold for £8,800 in September 2013.
Elkington Co Sterling Teapot 1897
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