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1801 Born in Birmingham, son of James Elkington, gilt-toy and spectacle maker, and his wife Lydia
1815 Apprenticed to his uncles Josiah and George Richards, who then took him into partnership
On the death of his uncles he inherited the business
1827 Mention of Elkington and Co, Birmingham, and the recovery of some stolen perfume bottles.
1825 April 14th. Married in Birmingham to Mary Auster Balleny
1826 Birth of son Frederick Elkington
1830 Birth of son James Balleny Elkington
With his cousin Henry Elkington, George established the industry of electro-plating and electro-gilding. They took out patents on mercurial gilding in 1836 and 1837 and on electro-plating in 1838.
1841 Living at Woodbrick House, Northfield, Worcs: G. R. Elkington (age c39), Silversmith. With Mary Elkington (age c39); Howard Elkington (age c6); Hyle Elkington (age c2); and Fredrick Elkington (age c15). Three servants.
1865 Died at his home in Park Pool, Denbighshire