Dating mappin webb silver plate
- "Ltd" or "Ld" on the mark denotes a date after 1861 (but in most cases not before 1890) - a registered number (Rd followed by a number) denotes a date after 1883 - "England" denotes a date after 1891 (mandatory for export in the USA - Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1890-) - "Made in England" denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures.
Jonathan Mappin opened a silver cutlery workshop in Sheffield in 1775. 1906 MAPPIN & WEBB Sold A very smart plain styled antique silver and glass desk piece with a silver cased pocket watch inset within the lid. The top has an articulated hinge so that, when open, the watch can be positioned either at the front or back of the fitting. Length 20 cms from the tip of the feelers to the back of the glass. Usually made by Mappin and Webb with full marks to the base of the wings and body.
Mappin Brothers continued to be advertised as the original firm, but in 1902 it was closed after being amalgamated with Mappin & Webb Ltd.
In 1846 the business was amalgamated with that of William Samson & Sons changing to Mappin Brothers.
Their relationship with the monarchy began in the late 19th Century and was formalised when HM Queen Victoria granted a royal warrant to Mappin & Webb their first as silversmiths, in 1897, the year of The Queen’s diamond jubilee. Marked underneath with silver plate stamps for Mappin & Webb, London & Sheffield.