To Messrs. John Round and Son belongs the honour of having brought out the latest and most striking novelty in the silver trade. To the casual observer it is the ordinary centre-piece of the breakfast or dinner table—graceful in design, it is true, but not differing otherwise in appearance from what may be seen in dozens of show-rooms in the town. The turning of a small tap, however, at once brings the peculiarity of this centre-piece into notice. A thin jet of water is thus made to ascend from the ornamental figure on the top and to fall back in spray into the glass dish placed for the reception of flowers. The height of this jet may be regulated from twenty feet down to two inches by simply turning the tap to a greater or less extent. The principle of the thing is altogether different from that of the miniature fountains one sometimes sees in shop windows, and is simplicity itself when once it is explained. The water is forced from a receptacle in the bottom of the centre-piece by compressed air. It is said that George the Fourth could never make out how apples got into pies, and in like manner some people may wonder how the compressed air is introduced into the receptacle which holds the water. There is no practical difficulty, however, about it; when the water is exhausted the reservoir is simply replenished by means of a flexible tube provided for the purpose. The compressed air takes care of itself—it is safe to be found in its place when wanted. This contrivance is fully protected by patent, of which Messrs. Round and Son possess the sole right. Arrangements have been made for turning out any number of these centrepieces in a great variety of designs, and we may safely predict that in a short time their use will be almost universal.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st May 1890
The death is announced of Mr. John Round, of Sheffield. Mr. Round was the originator of the extensive silver-plating business carried on at Tudor Works, and which during the last three years has been conducted by "John Round and Son, Limited," Mr. Round acting as a director.
Source: The Birmingham Daily Post - 21st March 1877
The silversmiths employed by John Round and Son, Sheffield, have struck work because the firm have engaged non-Union men from Birmingham, who work at lower rates than prevail in Sheffield. As the firm belongs to the Federation of all the chief silversmiths in Sheffield, working on the lines of the Engineering Employers' Federation, there if a prospect of the dispute extending throughout the trade if the men persist in their action. The men on strike have lately been earning £4 a week.