Coffee pot; Elkington and Company, Sydney; 1887; QS2007.10.1-2


Sydney Quarantine Station Moveable Heritage Collection


Coffee pot

About this object

This silver teapot is an example of the quality of life the first class experienced while in quarantine. 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 in Birmingham patented the process in 1840. The company hallmark consists of ‘E&Co’ crowned within a shield and a company date letter. This teapot’s date letter ‘B’, signifies the year 1887. Elkington was a very respected and popular silver manufacture known for their quality. There was an Elkington & Co manufacture in Sydney at 396a Pitt St. where this teapot would have been manufactured and than sold at the retailer at 384 George St. This silver piece is a good representation of electroplating of the 1800s and is aesthetically significant for its design and craftsmanship. This teapot holds significant interpretive value because it is an example of the silver that was used in the first class precinct dinning room. It emphasizes the comforts first class passengers would have received while in quarantine in contrast to second and third class. This particular teapot is rare because it bares the quarantine inscriptions ‘QS’ and would have been solely used at the quarantine station.


Elkington and Company, Sydney

Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

Electroplated Nickel Silver

Inscription and Marks

The teapot bares several markings:
Manufacture Hallmark: E & Co Sydney
Manufacture serial number found inside rim: 15124
Quarantine Symbol: QS with an arrow




Sydney Quarantine Station

Object Type

Coffee pot

Object number


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sterling 10 Apr 2014 14:01 PM,UTC

The coffee pot is my favourite item of silverware. Although i do prefer sterling silver for coffee pots. The electroplated pieces are still good examples though and not to be downplayed.


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