Elkington & Co. was a Birmingham silverware company producing fine silverware and silver plate. The business was founded in 1815, by the uncle of George Richards Elkington (1801-65). On his uncle's death George Richards Elkington became the sole proprietor and took in his brother Henry Elkington as a partner, changing the name to G. R. Elkington & Co. The business took out patents for the plating of articles in 1836, 1838 and 1840. In 1842 a third partner, Josiah Mason, joined the firm and the name was changed to Elkington, Mason, & Co. until 1861, when the partnership with Mason was more...
Elkington & Co., a silver and silver plate manufacturing
company, was established in Birmingham, England by George Richards Elkington
and his cousin, Henry Elkington in the 1830s. The company was renowned for
introducing commercial electroplating, having recognized the potential of using
electricity in the plating process. Prior to this, they had registered several
patents. However, it was only after acquiring the patent for Dr. John Wright's
process that they opened a new electroplating manufacturing business in
Birmingham in 1841. The company was initially named G.R. Elkington & Co.
but changed to Elkington, Mason & Co. in 1842 when more...
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