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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
Reference: S1454
Period: Victorian
Year: 1858
Silversmith: Elkington, Mason & Co
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 1 200.00
Weight: 1140 grams
Dimensions: 15.0 cm diameter, 6.5 cm height, bottle diam up to 12.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, apart from tiny split (1 cm) in base of one coaster. Wood excellent, felt base excellent.

Description: A magnificent set of early Victorian Elkington silver plate wine coasters, with an attractive cast grape vine design with lovely detail. The coasters have turned wooden bases, with a vacant central silverplate boss. The wooden bases are covered in green felt. Both coasters carry a full set of marks, including makers mark "EP&Co in shield under crown", "E", "M", "&Co", being the makers mark used by Elkington, Mason & Co between 1842 and 1864. Josiah Mason invested in the Elkington firm in 1842, hence the addition of his name to the company name. The makers mark is followed by the date letter "T in lozenge" for 1858. The coasters are also stamped "Elkington & Co" and "R1126", a pattern registration number. Elkington & Co are one of the most important names in English silver. The firm was founded in 1836, in 1838 they patented a new way to electroplate, and in 1851 they exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Crystal Palace in Hyde Park) with great success (www.ascasonline.org). The company held Royal warrants from Queen Victoria until George VI. Most coasters produced between 1850 and 1900 were silverplate (Waldron, Price Guide to Antique Silver, pg 330).
Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
Elkington silver plate wine coasters

Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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Elkington Plate Antique Wine Coasters (pair)
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