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SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The silvering workshop in the 1860 Christofle factory. Realizing the commercial potential of the electroplating processes developed by Elkington and Ruolz, Charles Christofle (1805-63) had negotiated in 1842 licences to the French rights of the Elkington and Ruolz patents. His âgalvanoplasty worksâ was a technologically advanced manufacturing plant which established a highly successful business in gold and silver plating in France. A talented businessman, Christofle had in the preceding ten years expanded a small Parisian jewellers to become the well-known firm of goldsmiths, silversmiths and cutlery manufacturers which exists to this day.
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