Cloche; Elkington & Company, London; QS2007.7


Sydney Quarantine Station Moveable Heritage Collection



About this object

Elkington and Co originated in Birmingham, England. The manufacture is credited with the invention of electroplating, the process of coating a base metal with pure silver. The company of Birmingham patented the process in 1840. The company hallmark consists of ‘E&Co’ crowned within a shield and a company date letter. This food cover’s date letter is a ‘D’, signifying the year 1889. Elkington was a very respected and popular silver manufacture known for their quality. This silver piece is a good representation of electroplating of the 1800s and is aesthetically significant for its design and craftsmanship. Elkington and Co produced many food covers during the 1800s however this particular food cover is rare because it bares the inscription ‘QS’ signifying that it was property of the Quarantine Station and only used in Quarantine. The food cover also has significant interpretive value. It aids in telling the story of the desire to build a first class precinct. It is part of the standards that first class passengers expected and the quality of comfort the station provided.


Elkington & Company, London

Place Made


Medium and Materials

Electroplated Nickel Silver

Subject and Association Description

This food cover was manufactured in London and brought to the station after 1889. It was used in the first class precinct.


Sydney Quarantine Station

Credit Line


Object Type

Food cover

Object number


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