W.P. Mark? William Page of Birmingham Electroplate?

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W.P. Mark? William Page of Birmingham Electroplate?

Postby Essexboy Fisher » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm

The William Page Company trademark consisting of the “WP” inside a crown or inside a diamond, inside the crown, was about the first 19th century electroplate mark that I immediately recognised. Accompanying symbols were often in the style of “pseudo hallmarks” and although a letter “A” or an odd ”C” are used, the letter “B” seemed to me to predominate.

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We know from other “early” electroplate concerns that a “B” can be used to indicate a “Birmingham” base of operations for a company and our web site states quite clearly that the “Page’s” operation was in Birmingham.
I had reason to review that idea after comments firstly by “Dognose” and subsequently by “Silvermakersmarks”, sagely, added to my recent post about a War Department cutlery item. Sorry, it is my new lost thing to be found, but below is another War Department broad arrow mark.

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Dognose’s quote
During WWII flatware production was limited, by government order, to Sheffield only, with the Birmingham factories being converted to producing goods for the war effort.

I have seen on line a “Page” 1938 War Department set of marks and that item may well have been made in “Birmingham” before WW2 started but you have to expect that “William Page” had a branch in “Sheffield” to make the 1940 item.
Silvermakersmarks suggests that if a concern is forced to move to Sheffield because of WW2 exigiencies, it could be economic sense to have a post war Sheffield base.To underline this observation there are references elsewhere (including in another post in our forum) that there was a “William Page & Partners” based in Sheffield and below are a couple more images to illustrate this.

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It is likely there is more information needed to date and explain this “Sheffield” period fully and where is a better place to ask the questions other than in this forum?
Until this weekend I thought I had sorted all the things I wanted to say about the “WP” mark. However for anybody who has more than a passing interest in silver plate please view my last image and add any information you have.

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I know one thing that this sauce ladle must have been made before 1895 because of the legislation of that date prohibiting the use of a crown mark on electroplated ware. Who is this WP please? Must we assume this is William Page of Birmingham?

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