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Henry Elkington

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Henry Elkington (1810-1852) of Elkington, Mason and Co

1810 Born in Princethorpe, Warwickshire the son of John Elkington and his wife Mary Russell. He was a cousin of George Richards Elkington

Apprenticed to his uncle James Elkington where he invented and patents the pantascopic spectacles.

c.1832 Started studying electro-plating

With his cousin, they took out patents on mercurial gilding in 1836 and 1837 and on electro-plating in 1838.

Went into partnership with his cousin in Elkington and Co; particular contribution to the artistic department

Married Emma Spraggett (a cousin)

1841 Living at Selly Oak, Northfield, Worcs: Henry Elkington (age c30), Gilder. With Emma Elkington (age c25); James Elkington (age c11); and Alfred Elkington (age c7). One other and three servants.[1]

1851 Living at 23 Summer Hill Terrace, Lady Wood, Birmingham: Henry Elkington (age 40 born Prinethorp, Warks.), Silversmith employing 40 men. With his wife Emma Elkington (age 37 born Birmingham). Also his mother Mary Elkington (age 76 born Warwick), Partner in Electro-plater Works employing upwards of 300 men - Widow. Three servants.[2]

1852 October 26th. Died

1852 Obituary. 'On Tuesday last, deeply regretted, Henry Elkington, Esq., of Summer Hill Terrace, Birmingham, aged 41 years. Mr. Elkington was of the eminent firm of Elkington, Mason, and Co. He had been for some time in declining health, and with the exception of superintending the bronze figures destined to ornament the House of Lords, had altogether withdrawn from the celebrated manufacturing establishment of which he had been so valuable member. In private life he was kind and courteous, and deservedly held in the highest estimation.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. 1851 Census
  3. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 30 October 1852
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22