Dating epns cutlery

Nephew's son Roger ran the business from the war until the 1970's. WILLIAM AINSWORTH (possibly)AINSWORTH, TAYLOR & COBirmingham The partnership of William Ainsworth and Samuel Baker trading as Ainsworth Taylor & Company was active from 1878 at 78 Ford St, Park Rd and 40/42 Spencer St, Birmingham.

The workshop was in Oil Mill Lane, Hammersmith moving to 4 Conduit Street after 1918.

In the early days the company was known for a wide range of silver plated trinkets and cutlery and the like. Possibly they succeeded to William Ainsworth (active in 1872 at Ford Street, Birmingham) 1849-1855 1855-1872 JAMES ALLAN & COJAMES ALLANSheffield Active in Sheffield from 1849 to 1872 as manufacturer of Britannia Metal wares.

Adie started the business in 1890 at Lion Works in Warston Lane, Birmingham. The partnership was dissolved in 1895 and the business was continued under the same style solely by William Ainsworth.

That's why the hallmarks are often squashed and distorted and become more easily rubbed and worn.

From c.1780 onwards the Assay Office stamped table silver near the top of the stem as opposed to on the stem just below the bowl, and hallmarks are generally much clearer because there is more space on which to strike them.

ADIE BROTHERS LTDBirmingham The firm was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of Mc Kewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and E. Active at Portland Works, 55 Arundel St, Sheffield (1898-1912). The firm, active in High St, Paisley, became Arthur & Fraser (1849), Arthur & Co (late 1850's) and Arthur & Co Ltd (1878).

It had manufacturing premises in Birmingham and London C. Listed at 7 Hatton Garden, (1893-1894) and 12 Bartlett's Buildings, London (1897-1900). ARTHUR & CO Ltd Glasgow (possibly) A retailer business started in 1837 by James Arthur.

Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.

It is unusual to find sets of table silver dating earlier than the late 18th century. Circa 1700 Sold A rare set of 12 early silver forks with cannon handles and twin prongs. Three are stamped with the makers mark of SE in an oval punch. 1712 LAWRENCE JONES Sold A pair of early English silver spoons in the popular Hanoverian rat-tail pattern.

On early examples of table silver when the silver marks were struck on the thin part of the stem they distorted the form of the piece and so the silversmith had to hammer this back into shape. Each hand engraved with a contemporary crest of a stork.

In Medieval times personal eating implements were highly prized. 1716 Sold Three early English silver spoons in the popular Hanoverian rat-tail pattern.

Knives were displayed on the person in an ornate sheath.