Referring to the exhibit of silver plated ware by the Toronto Silver Plate Company at the late Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the 'Mail' says : —
" Those who admire the silversmith's art and beautiful sideboards and table ornaments should see the magnificent display of the Toronto Silver Plating Company, near the centre of the main building. All the goods shown in the case were designed, moulded, and finished at the company's works on King street, this city, and so great has been the demand for this style of work that where twelve men were employed a year ago, thirty men are now engaged in the different branches. The six epergnes shown are equal, if not superior, to any that can be made outside this city, the designs being of the handsomest and the work of the most artistic. In the east front of the case is a set of majolica table ware, mounted in heavy plate, which will compare favourably with anything from Europe. There are wine urns, Bohemian vases, Wedgewood ware, strawberry and cream dishes, fruit dishes, cut glass claret jugs, opaque and damask gold vases, tilting ice pitchers, tete-a-tete sets. There is a beautiful salad bowl, hand painted, and oxidized in gold and silver. The delicate tracing and repousse work on some of the exhibits surprise those who keep no account of the strides of art in this city. The display attracts great attention."
Source: The Trader - October 1883