Elkington & Co., Birmingham manufacturers of fine metalwork, many examples of which appear in the Victorian Web, was founded by George Richards Elkington (1801-65), who patented several of the first commercial electroplating processes; that for silver electroplating having been purchased from the physician John Wright. According to the Wikipedia article, which draws upon the Encyclopædia Britannica (eleventh edition), after Josiah Mason, a pen maufacturer, joined the comany in 1842, the Elkingtons began to manufacture jewelry and cutlery as well as larger pieces. By 1880 the company employed 1,000 people.

Works by Elkington & Co. Illustrated in the Victorian Web

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References

"George Elkington." Wikipedia.Viewed 21 November 2008. [The websites in the Wikipedia list of references that contain histories of the company no longer exist.]


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