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Mappin & Webb Ltd.

English, active 1868-1980s


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England: London; England: Birmingham; England: Sheffield

Occupation or Type

silversmith

Bio

In 1963 Mappin & Webb was amalgamated in British Silverware Ltd together with Elkington & Co Ltd and Walker & Hall Ltd. Mappin & Webb factory in Sheffield was closed in 1971. At the present Mappin & Webb is a subsidiary of Sears Holding Ltd.

Founded in 1774 by Jonathan Mappin, Mappin & Webb is one of the UK's leading retailers of fine jewellery and silverware. Jonathan Mappin opened his first small silversmith workshop in Sheffield in 1774 and the following year the Mappin mark was entered at the assay office. The first store to be opened in London was in 1849 at 17 Fore Street and was soon followed by stores in Moorgate and King William Street. In 1858, following rapid expansion of the Sheffield factory, John Newton Mappin invited his brother-in-law, George Webb to join him in the business. The first association of Mappin & Webb was forged.

Mappin & Webb's reputation spread as the business became a leading name within its field. A testament to its success came in 1897 with the granting of Royal Warrants. Today Mappin & Webb is silversmith to Her Majesty the Queen and to His Royal Highness Prince of Wales.

In 1963 Mappin & Webb was amalgamated in British Silverware Ltd together with Elkington & Co Ltd and Walker & Hall Ltd. Mappin & Webb factory in Sheffield was closed in 1971. At the present Mappin & Webb is a subsidiary of Sears Holding Ltd.

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