The following notes record some of the features of interest seen by visitors to collieries, works, etc., which were, by kind permission of the owners, open for inspection during the course of the Sheffield meeting, on February 19th and 20th, 1896:—
MESSRS, WM. HUTTON & SONS, LIMITED, SHEFFIELD.
The members viewed the show-room containing every class of silversmiths' work, passed to the designing-room, where the modelling of figures and examples of art work were inspected, and thence through the offices into the factory, where they saw the casting of nickel or German-silver into ingots ready for rolling into sheets for making spoons, forks, hollow ware, etc., and through the various stages of manufacture of spoons and forks by machinery. A powerful drawing press for producing entrée-dishes, cups, etc., was seen at work. The plating department was visited, where the depositing of silver and gold was in process. The manufacture of coffee-sets, trays, etc., in nickel silver and sterling silver, and the various methods of ornamenting the same by chasing and engraving were also viewed. A visit to the warehouses, containing silver, hollow ware, and cutlery concluded the visit.
Source: Transactions of the Federated Institution of Mining Engineers - 1896