Thanks to the "date letter" any piece of British sterling silver can be exactly dated. Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated silver are not subject to this practice and the regulation issued by the authorities had the main objective of preventing possible frauds by unscrupulous sellers of plated ware. As regards the collection of Old Pewter, the subject we have now in hand, there is great difficulty in procuring good specimens at reasonable prices. Had we been as diligent in our search years ago as we have been recently, we might have acquired many interesting and valuable examples of a variety of Old Plate at considerably less cost and less trouble than is possible to-day, when collectors are increasing in number and voracity, and when everything that is worth having has become very rare and expensive. The mark in a semi-circle with Sheffield beneath was introduced in 1921. 1920 Adie & Lovekin Angell Family Asprey & Co Atkin Brothers Barker Brothers E. Ramsden Reid & Sons Richards & Brown Roberts & Belk J. When accompanied by the pattern number (three or four digits) the mark can be dated to 1828/18291824-1830Imperial standard was introduced in 1824. The firm was assumed by James Willis Dixon and a third son, Henry Issac Dixon, and a son-on-law, William Fawcett, became full partners.1879-1927Basic mark used in this period. This voluntary escucheon mark bearing King George IV initials (d.1830) was applied to Imperial standard measures prior to the compulsory introduction of verification marks (1835). The "trumpet and banner" was registered in 1879 and added to the mark to avoid confusion with those of two Sheffield competitors having the same initials, Joseph Deakin & Sons and James Deakin & Sons.
In our searches we found hundreds of examples, which we had the privilege to inspect and take copies of the marks.
Of late years we have devoted a large portion of our time to this hobby.
Our wide experience during the last few years in visiting the various mansions and institutions of the country has brought us into touch with all kinds of antiquities, and now we are interested in almost every tiling that is old and curious. Though this means extra cost to the Author, it will we hope be a gain to the reader. The initials — such as I C S, W S E, and R W I — are the marks of the owners of the plate.
Scott in his book Pewter Wares from Sheffield.1823-1829In 1823 William Frederick Dixon, eldest son of James Dixon, began his partnership in the family business.
The firm was active in the new facilities in Cornish Place.
The best-known initiative is the prohibition (effective from c. & Howson Hayne & Cater Hennell family Holland Aldwinckle & Slater Horton & Allday Hukin & Heath W. Jamieson Lambert & Co Lamerie Latham & Morton Levi & Salaman C.