Sheffield Reproduction - silverplate???

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Sheffield Reproduction - silverplate???

Postby bbcphd » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:19 am

I have a serving piece with the imprint of a seated sphinx and the words "Shefflied Reproduction". I don't see any other hallmark on it. Could this just be some other kind of metal in a Sheffield pattern? Or if it has the seated sphinx, does that mean it IS in fact silverplate? thanks for your help! Bonnie

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Postby 2209patrick » Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:24 am

Hello.
The term "Shefflied Reproduction" usually means that the piece is silverplated over copper.

Here's two possibilities for the sphinx mark:

John Batt & Company, London, England.
Joseph Sankey & Son, Bilston, Wolverhampton, near Birmingham, England.
They were known for their copper and brass wares. Don't know if they produced silverplated items.
http://www.oldcopper.org/sankey.htm

Pat.
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thanks so much, and could a simple sphinx just mean England?

Postby bbcphd » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:28 pm

Hi Pat, Well that's a relief, because I want to give this piece to a friend for Christmas, but not if it's not even silverplate. But the sphinx imprint has nothing below or around it to identify it---no initials, or other marks. I thought maybe it simply meant made in England. Is that possible? Thanks so much for your knowledgeable reply! Bonnie

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Postby 2209patrick » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:46 pm

Hello Bonnie.

The sphinx mark does not indicate what country it was made in.
However, I do think it was used by either John Batt & Company or Joseph Sankey & Son, both located in England.

Silverplate maker's marks often change slightly over the years.
There was little government regulation of these marks.

Pat.

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thank you

Postby bbcphd » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:54 pm

Hi Pat,

thanks for your quick reply! I looked at the mark very closely again, and it does have some rolled scroll mark the sphinx is seated on, so maybe that's a variation on the John Batt & Co mark. thank you!


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