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1896: Elkington was forced to change its mark in 1898) of stamping plated wares with the "crown", to avoid misunderstanding with the symbol identifying the Sheffield Assay Office. As a modest contribute to the knowledge of Mappin & Webb dating system I publish in this page some sets of images of marks bearing what looks as a date letter. Not all pieces marked Mappin and Webb bear the date letter and often is difficult for me to decipher the style of the letter. The absence of an official dating system makes it difficult to date silver plated wares.
An approximate date can be determined by examining: - the style of the object- the presence or absence of the crown (before or after c. 1896)- the date of registration of the pattern at the Patent Office - the presence of a dated dedication- the date of the event (example: King/Queen Coronation or Jubilee commemorative spoons).