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In 1849 the firm opened their first London showroom at 17 Fore Street.
In 1860, John Mappin, the youngest son broke away from Mappin Brothers and started his own business Mappin & Company.
Jonathan Mappin opened a silver cutlery workshop in Sheffield in 1775. Weight 4049 grams, 130 troy ounces (excluding the knives). Circa 1870 MAPPIN & WEBB Sold A large antique cutlery tray with plain style and bead border.
He was followed by his son and 4 grandsons into the family business and Mappin Brothers Ltd was founded in the mid 19th century. Sheffield 1910-16 except the knives and 3 dessert spoons and 3 tea spoons which are 1960s. Very capacious and useful nowadays for serving bread rolls etc.
So, although, only 20 letters are used, it is possible to know exactly which year that particular combination of font, and shield is referring to.It is also important to note that each town has a different series of letters, starting on a different year.That means that not only is the font and shield different depending on the town, but also the letter.There are simply too many maker's marks for a pocket guide to include, and so to find the maker one needs to refer to a variety of large reference books.Most people would need to rely on the dealer or auction room from which the item was bought to identify the maker. with those simple steps, you can quite easily decipher the hallmarks on any piece of British silver made in the last 500 years.
This mark has become known as the Incuse Duty Mark.