In the latter part of 1854 an Act came into force which enabled manufacturers to send their wares to any Assay Office they might select. The names and addresses in the Pre-Victorian entries are given exactly as they appear in the Register, but in the later entries details of partnerships have been omitted and the name of the firm only has been given. In some cases manufacturers have used the same design of mark for a long term of years and new entries have become necessary, from time to time, in consequence of the punches wearing out, or from other causes. — For "Bradbury & Co." read "Bradbury & Son." Page 59. THE SHEFFIELD ASSAY OFFICE REGISTER A COPY OF THE REGISTER OF THE PERSONS CONCERNED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF SILVER WARES, AND OF THE MARKS ENTERED BY THEM FROM 1773 TO 1907 I9ll. It is only therefore necessary to call attention here to such matters as may be of assistance to anyone using the Register or are likely to escape notice. The use of such a Register has been explained in the various Handbooks upon the subjects of Hallmarks and Old Silver Plate.
London hallmarked flatware during this period is generally seen to be more desirable (and therefore more expensive) as it probably would have been hand-made. Circa 1882 HENRY JOHN AND JAMES WAKELY Also known as LIAS & WAKELY Price £125 A good matched set of 6 antique sterling silver spoons in the attractive feather edge pattern. Circa 1890 Price £135 A decorative antique gilt silver folding magnifying glass or eyeglass with a spring clip. The other 3 spoons have the lion mark only, minor difference in size. Circa 1900 Price £135 An attractive little dolls house piece. Circa 1900 Price £145 A lovely antique silver jardinière bowl with pierced silver and flower decoration. It was fun finding out that my 'plate" thing was silverplate from a Connecticut firm which closed in 1939, and that my pitcher thing was English Sheffield Ware (Fenton Bros - date?