Elkington Royal Silversmith English Sterling Silver 1923 Trophy Centerpiece
Elkington & Co. sterling silver trophy / centerpiece made in Birmingham, England in 1923 with engraved motifs on the base, ornate handles, applied band on the body, and a finial with animals and stylized natural motifs. It measures 8'' by 7 3/4'' from handle to handle, weighs 15.1 ozt, and bears hallmarks as shown.
Elkington & Co. are one of the most important names in English silver. They began life in Birmingham as a company of silversmiths in 1836, and experimented with improving gilding techniques. By 1838 they had discovered and patented a new way to electroplate one metal onto the surface of another. The company received financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 and was extremely successful. It introduced electrotyping as a new method of production for silver. Elkington & Co exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with enormous success. Elkington held Royal Warrants for Queen Victoria, King Edward VI, King George V, King Edward VIII and King George VI. The Elkington & Co. name is still in use today as manufacturers under the auspices of British Silverware Ltd.
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