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Elkington silver plate Tea caddy?


#1

Hi guys,

I’m new to this forum so this is a first post for me.

My daughter has inherited a silver plate box (see photos) which we are trying to get some history on.

I believe the makers mark to be Elkington’s & Co, Birmingham, Date code R either 1877 or 1903 (both are letter R I believe) and my guess is this is a tea caddy.

There is also another engraved mark below the pattern No. that I would like to know the origins of. Would this be the artists mark or perhaps the sellers mark?

Have I got these details right? If anyone can shed some light on this piece for us, we would be very grateful.

Many thanks in advance.
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#2

I don’t think that the R is a date code in this case as they normally have a surround of some particular shape around the letter indicating the series. The other mark is a design registration mark and shows that the design was registered on 12th May 1870, so the date of manufacture would be after that.

The box could well be a tea caddy, however the design elements: cherubs, flowers, butterflies, suggest to me a more overtly feminine market, so perhaps a trinket or dressing table box.


#3

Many thanks. Thats interesting. The box was given to my mum when she worked in service in the early 50’s by the lady of the house, either as a christmas gift, or a leaving present. She was told then that it was quite old.

Is anyone aware if there are catalogues surviving about Elkingtons products, I would love to know more.