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The Royal Lancers - A Victorian Biscuit Barrel , 1870
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The Royal Lancers - A Victorian Biscuit Barrel , 1870

Measurements: Height: 20cm (8in)

£1100

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Silver on copper. Maker’s mark of Elkington and Co. to the base together with stamped registration mark for August 1870. The cylindrical body cast with a relief depiction of the British lancers on the march in an eastern setting, accompanied by an elephant and a camel, the sick borne in dhoolies with palm trees in the distance.

Elkington & Co. was founded by the Birmingham businessman George Richards Elkington (1801-1865) and his brother, Henry Elkington, in the 1830s. Up to 1840, silver plated goods were made only by rolling and soldering thin sheets of silver on copper - a process used in Sheffield to produce Sheffield Plate. In 1840 a Birmingham surgeon hit upon an electro-plating process using solutions of cyanides and of gold and silver in cyanide of potassium. The Elkingtons took out a patent embodying this process in 1844. They also bought a process invented by J.S. Woolwich in 1842, that depended on Farraday's 1830 discovery of magneto-electricity. After seven years of development Elkington emerged as the leader in the field of electroplating and enjoyed commercial success, and won Royal warrants. The firm operated under the name G. R. Elkington & Co. until 1842 and as Elkington & Co. from 1861.


 

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