The Centennial International Exhibition - Philadelphia - 1876
By far the most varied and valuable contribution to the Centennial Exhibition is that made by Elkington, & Co., manufacturing silversmiths, of London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. When it is stated that the value of the exhibits in their court, forty feet square, is over five hundred thousand dollars, some idea can be gleaned of the richness of this display, and of the artistic value represented by each piece which goes to make up this vast sum. The dexterity, the judgment, the self-control which are required to produce such exquisite results must be of the highest order, and can be acquired only by long practice. One false blow might ruin the work of months.
Source: Public Ledger - November 1876