This important, and now one of the most artistic of our industries was introduced not quite fifty years ago. This was in 1838, and we owe this fine-art manufacture to the indomitable perseverance and skill of Mr. Elkington and Sir Josiah Mason. A visit to the showrooms of Messrs. Elkington, in Newhall Street, is a thing to remember, so varied, so beautiful, and so artistic are the works there displayed. Here are statues, statuettes, shields, epergnes, prize cups, and all articles of table and toilette service in endless variety, beautiful in design and perfect in execution. No one should come to Birmingham, and leave it without paying a visit to this storehouse of artistic work. There are some forty other establishments in this industry, from which it would be invidious to make selection.
Source: The Foresters’ Guide to Birmingham and Its Neighbourhood. Presented by the Demonstration Committee to the Delegates In High Court Meeting, Assembled in Birmingham, August, 1883.Specially Prepared For the Occasion by John Alfred Langford, LL.D; F.R.H.S. Birmingham: James Upton, Baskerville Printing Works, Great Charles Street. 1883