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British Colonial Silver Marks ~ India

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Indian Colonial Silver Marks
In 1615, the British East India Company first gained a foothold in India, by the end of the 18th century they either ruled or held sway over the majority of lands on the Indian subcontinent. At this point, the British community; administrators, military men, traders and their employees, had swelled to the extent that it became lucrative for British born silversmiths to set up shop in the major cities of the colony. Some failed, others thrived to the point where they remained in business decades after India achieved its independence from the British Raj in 1947.
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Makers' Marks
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Firm Maker's Mark Location & Period Comments
Charles, Nephew & Co.

9 Old Court House St.
Charles John Pittar, Parke Pittar Jr. and Thomas Powell. Retailing silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers. Successors to Pittar & Co.
Cooke & Kelvey
(Robert Thomas Cooke & Charles Kelvey)

Old Court House St.

founded 1857
c.1900, J. E. Calthrup & William Hill are noted as partners.
The firm also had branches in London & Simla, currently active in Delhi.
Indian owned since 1946
James Cox

Popham's Broadway
Esplanade (after 1822)
1806-1812 Johnson & Cox
1822 Cox, Johnson & Monin
1823-1825 Cox & Monin
Cropley & Co.

Old Court House St.
James Pembroke Cropley, Thomas Thompson and/or Charles Dolton may have been partners.
C. Co. Ltd .
Francis Dormieux & Co.

51 Theatre St.
Francis Dormieux & Francis Vrignon.
Successors to John Hunt & Co.
Gordon & Lovell

North Gate St.
George Gordon I, Francis Lovell & Robert Gordon II
George Gordon & Co.

18 Popham's Broadway

Founded by George Gordon II, Robert Gordon III, John Law & Andrew Barron
George Gordon & Co.
Peter & Alexander Orr

18 Popham's Broadway
Succeeded by Phillips & Co.
Hamilton & Co.

8 Old Court House St.

Robert Hamilton, Henry Glazbrook & James Glazbrook. Although his name was kept, Hamilton left the partnership in 1817. The firm went through an extraordinary fifteen more partner changes over the ensuing fifty years.

Later branches in Bombay & Simla
John Hunt & Co.

51 Theatre St.
John Hunt & Thomas Thompson. TT was replaced by Charles Dolton in 1812. Succeeded by Dormieux & Co.
Much of the above information is derived from "The Makers of Indian Colonial Silver" by Wynyard Wilkinson (pub. 1987)
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