HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

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HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby Qrt.S » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:46 pm

HI and greetings from the Russian site.

I got this picture with two questions from friend of mine. The marks are punched on two candlesticks. All marks are clear except for the maker HE&Co's name and the strange "CAPITAL" mark. Any ideas?
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Re: HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby silvermakersmarks » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:08 pm

HE&Co is Hawksworth, Eyre & Co, a Sheffield company and "Capital" is a known trade mark of theirs.

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Re: HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby Qrt.S » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:57 am

OK, thank you, but mind my asking, you write "a Sheffield company". The town mark is, however, Birmingham. Does the company have a subsidiary in Birmingham?

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Re: HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby silvermakersmarks » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:42 am

Many of the larger companies registered marks at several assay offices either because they had workshops in other places or because they used other silversmithing companies to produce items on their behalf. I will just remind our readers that the correct term for the maker's mark is "sponsor's mark"; this implies that the mark is that of the person or company who takes responsibility for the piece of silver and is not necessarily the maker.

Other reasons for marks registered with more than one assay office may be that the second assay office is more efficient or has lower charges - it is particularly noticeable that many Birmingham silversmiths used the Chester Assay Office as well as Birmingham.

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Re: HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby Qrt.S » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:11 am

OK, thanks...but I still prefer to use the old expression "Maker's Mark" because "Sponsor's Mark" is correct but a modern "invention" and here we are mostly discussing antique silver not contemporary silver. Anyway, much appreciated, thanks again .

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Re: HE&Co on Birmingham made candlesticks

Postby dognose » Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:33 am

silvermakersmarks wrote: Other reasons for marks registered with more than one assay office may be that the second assay office is more efficient or has lower charges - it is particularly noticeable that many Birmingham silversmiths used the Chester Assay Office as well as Birmingham.

Phil


Another reason, perhaps, may be found here: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=50418

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