Hello, I am researching a cutlery item stamped with the electroplate mark shown below, and as you will notice it is a broad arrow, War Department, item.
We have Dawson , BHAM, Ltd and 1944 and as the “BHAM” is an abbreviation for “Birmingham” my original thought was that it must have been made in that city. However I found one of “Dognose’s adverts” in our section “Some Sheffield Ads & Information” and that information somewhat muddied that water. The reference is below.http://www.925-1000.com/td/f/Sheffield/Dawson-1962.jpg
Here we see a “Dawson” company with 2 addresses one in Birmingham and one in Sheffield. There is also with the ad a description of a silver hallmark, “D (B) Ltd contained within a horizontal lozenge shaped punch” but entered with the Sheffield Assay Office dated from 1944. I have an image of that silver mark taken from ”silvermakersmarks.com” web site and it is below.
The Electroplate mark and silver mark do seem to have a similar “theme”, so could be from the same company.
The question is now, who is this “Dawson” and what is there in the way of first names for him or her or them? What is the “BHAM” bit about?
On the inter net there are plenty of references to a Jeweller/Silversmith “ Stewart Dawson Co. Ltd” and ”silvermakersmarks.com” indicates they had marks, but very different from that shown above, and registered at the Silver Assay centres in London, Glasgow, Chester, Birmingham and Sheffield. These were all at an earlier period than the Dawson electroplate mark. Are we definitely looking at 2 distinct concerns or was this just an evolving company? In “Dognose’s” thread the advert states “Dawson Birmingham Ltd” was “Established 1884” and ”silvermakersmarks.com” indicates “Stewart Dawson’s” early marks were registered in 1881 & 1882. Is there enlightenment out there? I just want to fully label this WW2 fork image. Incidently I saw on line that "Dawson" is the fifth most common UK surname starting with the letter "D" so possibly it may be difficult to sort these "Dawson''s" out.