Maker: Elkington Mason & Co Date: 1850 Location: Birmingham A fine & exquisite heavy plated three branch candelabrum table centrepiece in the Rococo style by ELKINGTON MASON & CO of Birmingham 1850 The Piece is hallmarked for ELKINGTON MASON & CO with the date letter ‘L’ for 1850. Elkington & Co. are one of the most important names in English silver and certainly the most important in silver plate. They began life in Birmingham as a company of silversmiths in 1836, and experimented with improving gilding techniques. By 1838 they had discovered and patented a new way to electroplate one metal on to the surface of another. By 1840 production was already underway with silver electroplated wares. The company received financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 (renaming the firm Elkington, Mason & Co between 1842 and 1861) and was extremely successful. It introduced electrotyping as a new method of production for silver plated items. Elkington held Royal Warrants for Queen Victoria, King Edward VI, King George V, King Edward VIII and King George VI. The Elkington & Co. name is still in use today as manufacturers under the auspices of British Silverware Ltd Elkington & Co exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with enormous success in the Metalware section which was held in Hyde Park in London in the specially constructed Crystal Palace. Due to the superb casting of this piece there is a great possibility that this Candelabrum itself was exhibited at Crystal Palace. DIMENSIONS: H 20.48 in. x Dm 12.6 in. H 52 cm x Dm 32 cm DIAMETER: 12.6 in. (32 cm) WEIGHT: *approximately 9lbs.
Ellington Mason & Co (L) Birmingham 1850