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Postby dognose » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:58 pm

A tea-set by Elkington & Co.:

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E & Co. - Birmingham - 1919

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Elkington & Co. - London - 1853

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THE VISIT OF THE SULTAN OF ZANZIBAR TO BIRMINGHAM

On Saturday, the Seyyid of Zanzibar visited the famous silver and electro-plate works of Messrs Elkington & Co., in Newhall-street. His Highness was accompanied by his suite and Alderman Biggs (ex-mayor), Dr Badger, Dr Kirk (agent and Consul-General at Zanzibar), and Mr Clement Hill (Foreign Office attache). A considerable number of persons assembled in front of the Queen's Hotel, and cheered the Sultan as he left. The time fixed for the visit to Messrs Elkington's was half-past nine o'clock, it was, however, nearly half-past ten o'clock before the party arrived there. A large number of persons awaited the arrival in front of the works, and greeted the Seyyid with a hearty cheer as the carriages drew up before the portico entrance. Passing up the noble staircase, with an imposing array of bronze figures and statues of the Kings of England on each side, the distinguished visitors were ushered into the show rooms. The sight which meets the eye on entering this spacious apartment is most striking. Down the centre and upon each side are tables and handsome cases, containing an extensive and varied assortment of most costly plated and silver wares, beautiful specimens of skilled workmanship, of artistic designs. Time would only permit of a cursory glance at the most prominent things, and the chief features were pointed out through Dr. Badger, who interpreted to the Seyyid. Having looked at several dessert services and other ornamental articles, his highness's attention was directed to a fine solid silver cup, for presentation by Mr Peter Denny, of Helenslee, to the successful competitor of the 1st Administrative Battalion of Dumbartonshire Rifle Volunteers. He was then shown a basket of natural ferns, plated by a delicate process with gold and silver similar to the one presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. He next inspected the Brighton Race Cup for 1875. The cup is at present unfinished, but it is a fine work of art and has been specially deigned. It is made of solid silver, and is of the value of 400 guineas. Around the basement seashells are represented, and above them four figures of boys pulling in nets. In bas-relief, around the body of the cup are represented the old games of tilting and tournament, and the horse race above these on each side being a profile of George the Fourth. The handles are formed with tournament lances, which support an escutcheon bearing the Brighton arms and the top of the cup is surmounted by a graceful female figure seated in a shell. The design is simple but appropriate, and the workmanship is excellent. His Highness was also much struck with the new breakfast dishes with revolving covers, the ingenuity and beauty of which are no less remarkable than the moderate prices at which they are produced. There were also a large number of beautiful and useful articles in course of manufacture for the use of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during his tour in India. Glancing at cases filled with silver and gold cups, dessert services, and other ornamental articles of electro ware, including a splendid service, after the style of the one made for the King of Siam, the Sultan passed by a covered way to the various workshops of the manufactory. Among other things the Seyyid appeared much interested by the electro-depositing process. In the room where this process is conducted are large vats, and one of the largest electro-magnetic machines in England. The enormous strength of the machine was shown by the burning of thick iron and copper wire, at which the Seyyid was highly amused, for he laughed heartily when he saw the effect produced by the connection of the wire with the battery. It was said that his Highness has an electric battery at home, with which he amuses himself by making experiments. On reaching the department where plating and gilding are conducted, the Sultan was shown the process, and his Highness gilded several coins of the realm, in the same vat in which a vase was gilt by the Princess of Wales. He took the coins away with him, and was so much delighted with this process that he remained some time watching the gilding operations, and on leaving the department he exclaimed to Dr Badger that Birmingham was like Bir-Minham in Arabic, which Dr Badger explained meant a well of them, or theirs a well being a source, so that the Seyyid meant to express that Birmingham was a source of wealth. The party then returned to the show-room where, in addition to the coins which he had gilt, a copy of Messrs Elkington's Fine Art Catalogue was presented to the Seyyid. He then wrote his name, "Barge-hash-bin-Said," in Arabic characters in the visitors' book, and Dr Badger, Dr Kirk, Mr Hill, and Alderman Biggs also entered their name's. The Sulton, before departing, expressed himself highly gratified with his visit.


Source: South Wales Daily News - 10th July 1875

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Details of the Will of Frederick Elkington can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=21553&p=158903#p158903

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Messrs. Elkington and Co., Limited, eminent firm of silversmiths, notify the removal, on January 16th next, of their Liverpool branch to No. 9, Parker-street, during the erection of suitable premises for the accommodation of their increasing business.

Source: The Chester Courant - 17th January 1900

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SILVER CHALLENGE SHIELD FOR THE COWAL PIPERS


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This silver challenge shield, which is to be competed for by the bagpipers at the annual Cowal Highland Gathering, was designed by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, and the Duke. It measures 3ft. by 2ft. 6in., and was executed by Messrs. Elkington and Company.

Source: The Graphic - 23rd February 1907

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Elkington & Co. Ltd. - London - 1910

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George Richards Elkington was born on 17th October, 1801, at St. Paul's-square, Birmingham. He was the patentee of the electro-plating and gilding processes, which he introduced commercially in the year 1840, and so rapid was the application of the principle to the manufacture of all kinds of articles, that from the small beginning of perhaps a score of persons employed by Mr. Elkington in the first instance, the firm which he founded now employ upwards of 1,000 persons, and the trade has become one of the most important in his native town, where he may thus be said to have been: the founder of an entirely new branch of industry, giving employment directly and indirectly, throughout the United Kingdom, to probably not less than ten thousand persons. His great enterprise and good taste have no doubt largely conduced to place the products of his works in the high estimation in which they are universally held. He was an extensive exhibitor at all the great international exhibitions, and never failed to carry off a large share of the medals and rewards that were obtainable. Though always desirous of encouraging native talent in all branches of his trades, he was still obliged to admit that in designing and modelling this country has still much to learn from the French, and he has, consequently, always employed both French and English artists in those departments. He was well known to be always ready to adopt any improvements in machinery, so much so that any new methods of accomplishing any of his processes of manufacture were generally at once offered to him by the inventors, and his works at Birmingham now comprise all the leading improvements, and are among the standard attractions of his native town. He was also extensively engaged in copper smelting and coal mining operations in South Wales, employing several hundred workpeople, which businesses, as well as those carried on by him in Birmingham and London, in connection with which he was more generally known, will now be continued by his sons. His kindness of manner, just dealing, and unostentatious liberality were proverbial, and his death has been universally regretted. His death was caused by paralysis, and took place at his residence, Pool Park, Denbighshire, on the 22nd September last.


Source: Journal of the Society of Arts - 1st December 1865

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Great Eastern Railway.—On Monday, July 26, at the company's hotel at Liverpool Street Station, Mr. R. P. Ellis, the recently appointed assistant superintendent of the line, was the recipient at the hands of the London district goods staff of a handsome presentation, in recognition of the regard in which he was held by the employes of the company's goods department during the time he held the office of London district goods manager. Mr. Ellis was only at Bishopsgate a little over two years, but during that time, by his kindly disposition, and by the uninterrupted interest he took in all that concerned the welfare of the staff, he won the golden opinions of the company's employes, and on its being notified that, owing to the death of the superintendent of the line, certain changes in the executive would be made, which would result in Mr. Ellis severing his connection with the goods department, a committee was formed, with the result that sufficient funds were quickly accumulated for the purchase of some substantial testimonial. This ultimately took the form of an electro-plated centre-piece and four fruit stands, by Messrs. Elkington, of London. The centre-piece bears the following inscription :—"Presented to R. P. Ellis,Esq., by his Staff, upon of his relinquishing the post of London District Goods Manager, Great Eastern Railway Company, 1897. The reverse plate was inscribed with the recipient's monogram."

Source: The Railway Signal - September 1897

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SILVER-GILT SHIP PRESENTED TO THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH


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The Corporation of Trinity House has presented to the Duke of Edinburgh, in grateful remembrances of valuable services, a beautiful work of the silversmith's art. The ship, of antique form, as will be seen by our illustration, is richly chased in repoussé seventeenth-century work, with figures of Neptune and Venus at the helm and prow. The sails are chased with arms, and the hull rests upon four richly pierced wheels. Many figures of soldiers and sailors are placed in the rigging and in other parts of the ship. The stays, lines and rigging are all of silver wire. The whole rests on a blue-silk velvet plinth. It bears the arms of the Trinity House and those of the Duke of Edinburgh; there is also a large silver plate inscribed with the names of the officers of the Trinity House. Such a subject naturally lends itself to decorative treatment, and the work has artistically been carried out by Messrs. Elkington and Co.

Source: The Illustrated London News - 18th April 1891

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LIVERPOOL RIFLE AND REGATTA PRIZES

The supplying of prizes given by the Royal Mersey Yacht Club for the races of Tuesday and Wednesday week, and those to be completed for at the annual shooting competition of the 1st L.R.V., which will take place at Altcar on the 24th of September, was thrown open to the competition of the different local silversmiths. Amongst the most fortunate in pleasing both the yachtsmen and the volunteers was the well-known firm of Elkington and Co., of Church-street, who supplied the 100l., 75l., and 50l. cups for the Yacht Club, each being noticeable for their elegance of design and workmanship. The same firm were equally successful in hitting the taste of the officers of the 1st L.R.V., to whom they have supplied the challenge vase 25l., a silver vase valued at 60 guineas, a silver vase valued at 25 guineas, and a silver cup. These handsome articles, with other prizes of lesser value, are now on view in the windows of Elkington's establishment in Church-street, set off by a tasteful arrangement of the handsome flags belonging to the regiment, the whole forming a most effective and attractive coup d''œil. All the vases are exquisite works of art, novel in design, and manufactured with that care and finish for which Messrs. Elkington and Co. are famous.


Source: Liverpool Daily Post - 10th July 1868

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The White Star Line have just placed contracts for the final equipment of their new floating palaces, the Olympic and Titanic, the largest vessels in the world, each displacing 45,000 tons. Among other records broken is that for the equipment of plate, 50,000 articles having been ordered from Messrs. Elkington and Co., Ltd., of Birmingham, Liverpool, London, etc.

Source: The Cambrian - 23rd September 1910

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PARTNERSHIPS DISSOLVED

Frederick Elkington, James Balleny Elkington, Howard Elkington, and Hyla Elkington, trading as Mason and Elkington, at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, and at Birmingham, copper smelters. Dissolved Jan. 31st, 1884.


Source: South Wales Echo - 25th November 1885

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A NEW SHIELD FOR MINIATURE RIFLE CLUBS

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The shield, which is in silver and bronze, bears the following inscription: "Presented by Lieut-Colonel Sir Frederick Harrison, General Manager of the London and North Western Railway Company, for annual competition by miniature rifle clubs, formed of members of the staff of the London and North Western Railway." The trophy was designed and manufactured by Elkington & Co., Ltd., of London, Birmingham, etc., through their Cheapside house.

Source: The Sketch - 18th March 1908

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Elkington & Co.Ltd. - London - 1908

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