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Spoon - Nevada Silver

Nevada Silver

  • Object:

    Spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham, England (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Daniel and Arter Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Ena Eatwell

  • Museum number:

    M.17-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, room 67, case 17

  • Image in copyright

“ The substitution of electro-plate for real silver is now so common in households where the latter would be regarded as a superfluous luxury, that the sternest advocate of true principles in art-manufacture would scarcely require an apology for its use.” (Charles Eastlake, Hints on Household Taste, 1878)

George Richard Elkington and his cousin and partner, Henry Elkington successfully developed electroplating, electrotyping and electrogilding processes from earlier experiments and made them commercially viable. The cousins were not inventors but innovators who, by applying the techniques to industry, revolutionized the silver and plating trades all over the world. In the 1840s, licences to make the new products were sold widely in Britain and abroad to firms such as Christofle & Co. in Paris. Electroplate, a cheaper and more durable substitute for silver, replaced Sheffield plate within ten years and challenged the supremacy of silver on the dining tables and in the drawing rooms of Europe.

The power of the machinery and new technology now at the disposal of the silver industry could produce thousands of identical items to a standard formula of design, quality and price. The focus of silver and silver product manufacture moved from London to the new factories of Birmingham and Sheffield.

Physical description

Table Spoon, Fiddle pattern with a shield shaped heel.

Place of Origin

Birmingham, England (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Daniel and Arter Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped along the stem, NEVADA SILVER D & A (for Daniel & Arter, Birmingham) and on the handle: the Prince of Wales feathers within a shield, a circle, hatched, and D & A within separate, chamfered, lozenges.

Dimensions

Length: 22.1 cm, Width: 4.9 cm, Depth: 1.54 cm

Object history note

Gift - Ena Eatwell

Descriptive line

Table spoon, electroplated nickel silver, stamped with the trade name 'Nevada Silver', made by Daniel and Arter Ltd., Birmingham, England, ca.1890

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Culme The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths, Jewellers & Allied Traders 1838-1914, From the London Assay Office Registers, Volume 1, The Biographies, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club Ltd, 1987, p.107 ISBN 1851490698
Information on the history of the company

Exhibition History

The Silver Galleries, International Silver, 1800 to the Present Day (Victoria & Albert Museum 16/02/2000-16/02/2000)

Labels and date

14. TABLE SPOON
Nickel silver
Birmingham, around 1897
Daniel and Arter
Marked on the shaft; NEVADA SILVER D&A; and on the handle with the trademarks of Daniel and Arter of Birmingham
E. Eatwell Gift
M.17-1999 [20/01/2000]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Nickel silver

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection code

MET

Qr_O25260
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