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"MS" English silver plate manufacturer, 1920s?

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to identify the maker of a silver coffee pot/hot water jug. It was purchased from Ellis Bros (based in Toronto and New York) in 1929. According to the Ellis Bros. catalogue it is a reproduction of Old Sheffield plate, of English manufacture and has been heavily silver plated.

The hallmark is in a stylized font and is an M superimposed onto an S, within a shield. Please see the attached picture.

There is also a “40” stamped into the bottom of the pot. Does anyone know the significance of this number?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Megan

Sorry, here is the image.
hallmark.jpg

Check out Ellis-Barker here:
925-1000.com/silverplate_E.html

That’s a wonderful example of the Ellis-Barker Silver Co hallmark for Silver-plate in 1912. I’m still curious about the meaning behind the M and S letters. The company apparently changed names several times from Barker Brothers in Birmingham, England and dissolved around 1992.

The link here help, too. it’s the lower left corner image for Ellis-Barker Silver Co.