Good day to you all!
To continue our Antique Silver Week theme today we have chosen to discuss a few of our Solid Silver Trophies. All of our trophies say a lot about them – whether that be in their background history or in their actual design. Each are completely individual and have their own special craft and we’re very proud of them here at Edinburgh Silver.
Read on to find out more about our selection of Solid Silver Trophies and some of the backstory behind them!
First of all we have chosen our Vintage Small Solid Silver Trophy Cup with pull top lid. The Silver Trophy Cup has double scroll handles as well as the pull top lid. I decided to choose this Silver Trophy Cup to discuss today because I really like the delicate style and design.
Who Made it?: Walker & Hall History:
This trophy was made by the renowned Silversmiths Walker and Hall, Sheffield 1946. Their business was established in Sheffield in 1845 by George Walker. Walker became an assistant of Dr. John Wright who had previously conducted very important experiments on electroplating and, consequently, Walker secured royalty of electroplating for Sheffield. The business was then joined by Henry Hall and in 1853 became Walker & Hall. At Howard Street, Sheffield, you could find their factory and meanwhile you could find showrooms open at 45 Holborn Viaduct, London.
Branches then sprouted. Walker & Hall branches were found in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull, Bristol, Melbourne and Adelaide (Australia) and Cape Town (South Africa)…phew!
So you can really understand that Walker & Hall were a very important company during the 19th century. Walker & Hall were converted into a limited liability company in 1920 under the style Walker & Hall Ltd and in 1963 soon combined under the British Silverware Ltd with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co.
Overall, Walker and Hall were essentially and primarily Sheffield Makers, but items with Birmingham, London and Chester Assay Marks can also be found.
Silver Trophy Cup 1946: More Description
This trophy is fairly small yet incredibly eye-catching (Height 12cm. or 4.75 inches, Width 9cm. or 3.6 inches). The detail at the top of the lid is very delicate yet primarily bold. You can see Walker & Hall’s Hallmarks clearly in the image below. A Silver Trophy Cup like this one would be perfect to present as a prize (such as a Sports trophy) or even if your hobby and passion is collecting trophies then this one would be a valued item to your collection.
Due to the Arts & Crafts blog we released last week I thought I would choose this Silver Trophy Bowl of 1905. This Antique Solid Silver Hand Crafted Arts and Crafts Scottish Comport/Bowl is made beautifully to a very high standard by Lawson and Co of Glasgow 1905 who were respected makers of the period. Unfortunately there is not a lot of information about Lawson & co but I think this makes the Silver Trophy more mysterious.
You can see on the bowl and the stand a hand hammered finish which, I think, gives this Silver Trophy Bowl a more textured and detailed look. This bowl sits on a circular domed base with three arms supporting a round bowl. There are clear hallmarks to the side.
This Silver Trophy Bowl of 1905 would make a very fine and unique table centrepiece or a wonderful presentation trophy. Very handy for holding your most important possessions or decorating the table at an occasion such as Christmas or Easter!
This huge and spectacular Silver Two Handled Trophy Cup and Cover Trophy features an impressive ornate chased and engraved design. It has a wonderful finial depicting a detailed figure of a woman holding a wreath. This Silver Trophy was made by the renowned silversmith Elkington.
What to Know About Elkington
George Richards Elkington (17 October 1801 – 22 September 1865) was a manufacturer from Birmingham and patented the first commercial electroplating process.
In 1815 he became an apprentice to his uncles’ silver plating business and, on their death, he became sole proprietor of the business. He then took his cousin, Henry Elkington, into partnership. The science of electrometallurgy was just getting started, however, the Elkington’s were fast to realise it had potential and possibilities. The Elkington’s had already taken out certain patents for the application of electricity to metals. Yet when, in 1840, John Wright, a Birmingham surgeon, found the valuable properties of a solution of cyanide of Silver in potassium cyanide for electroplating purposes. The Elkington’s soon purchased and patented Wright’s process (British Patent 8447 : Improvements in Coating, Covering, or Plating certain Metals) and acquired the rights of other processes and improvements.
In 1843, they acquired the rights to Werner von Siemen’s first invention, an improvement to the gold and silver process.
In 1841, the Elkingtons opened a new electroplating works in Newhall Street, in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Electroplated wares became increasingly more successful in the Victorian market and by 1880 the company employed 1,000 people at the Newhall Street site and had a further six factories. The agreement between Elkington and Mason was dissolved on 31 December 1861, after which the company traded as Elkington and Co.
Silver Trophy 1903: More Description:
The body of the Silver Trophy has ornate chased foliate design, with a wreath decorating the front. There is space for engraving in the centre of the wreath and back of the trophy has a large space for further engraving, if desired. This Silver Trophy of 1903 is a really impressive statement as a prize and is in very good condition with a full set of hallmarks.
This Solid Silver Hallmarked Edwardian twin handled trophy cup stands on a pedestal base with a new silver plated engraving band. It’s fully hallmarked for London 1903 with makers mark for the well regarded CS Harris and Sons Ltd. The company was described as “manufacturing gold and silversmiths, manufacturers of and dealers in gold and silver plate, wire and lace, dealers in gold and silver, diamonds and other precious metals and stones, electroplaters, silverers and jewellers, etc…” So, you can understand that CS Harris and Sons Ltd were involved in a whole variety of works.
This Silver Trophy is 8” x 4.9” wide and 5.8” high. It’s professionally repolished and in very good condition. This cup is very handsome and is over 110 years old! It really is in a time warp condition. So if you enjoy collecting pieces that are as old as you are then this Silver Trophy Cup would be perfect! It makes to be a very interesting and meaningful Antique Silver Gift.
Okay so there you go! I hope today’s blog has been really informative, interesting and made you even more keen to learn about our Antique Silver Gifts.
I personally find them extremely intriguing because they actually have stories behind them! Real people with real lives have made them with their unbelievable talent and we have the pleasure to get to talk to you about them.