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Don't rub too hard Lyn you may get a Genie appear....anyway if you do I hope you get all that you wish for....you may get Volty appear, in that case I hope you get all that you pay for.
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EPNS wasn't invented until 1840 (by a Birmingham firm Elkingtons) so it could be any year after that.
Be careful how you clean it, don't use metal polish, dust with a stiff brush first, then polish lightly with a cloth and a small amount of linseed oil and talcum powder, finishing with a dry soft cloth.
thanks john..ive been advised to take it to a jobbing polisher in the jeweller quarter...should not cost me much more than a fiver so i guess if you add up the cost of buying the polishing stuff and a lot of hard work coupled with the fact that i may not do it right it would be well worth doing that...so i think i will take that advise...
Lyn, Also watch you don't damage the heat insulators on the lid and where the handle connects to the body, probably made of plastic, but could be ivory, or some type of bone.
I would advise taking the top of the lid off by unscrewing the wing nut inside and cleaning the bone (plastic) with warm water and mild detergent, and a small brush (tooth).
Also you could try white toothpaste or lemon juice and a bit of salt.
On reading a little more about the subject, I read that Henry Wilkinson obtained his license for electo plating in 1843 so he must have been among the first to carry out this trade in the modern electro plating process.
So this could narrow the date down a little more. What you really need for it to be worth something is for it to be "Sheffield Plate" and be made by the older process. But if Henry Wilkinson wasn't in business until 1840 that is hardly likely.
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thanks john for the advise and phil for all the info...such a lot for one small pot...i must confess that after i bought it i was convinced it had some silver in in and so i used some of me sons special paste he uses for cleaning his bike...after giving it a clean up some other markings appeared which have obviously been stratched on...if you look to the right you can just see them..i wonder if anyone can make out what they are..seems to be the letter W AND K and maybe a Y...its so difficult to tell...
It may have been the name of the original owners scratched on the base for security. I must caution you against any further cleaning yourself using domestic cleaning agents. As you can see from your first attempts you have gotten down to the base metal. This is because the original plating with silver would have been very thin.
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SB. FYI I stopped appearing from teapots many years ago.
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