Etching: The process of decoration by the use of acids. The silver is covered
with an acid resistant protective coating through which the desired design is cut.
The object is immersed into the acid which eats away at the unprotected areas
and produces the desired design.
Engine Turning: The process of decorating lines to create a pattern by machine engraving. Developed in the
19th century, it is often found on novelty items such as boxes and cigarette cases; this technique is rarely used
Embossing: The process of decorating by striking or impressing the metal into a die with force from the back of
the piece to bring up relief decoration.
Electroplating: The process of electroplating was introduced around 1842 and is used in making silverplated
wares. A thin layer of silver is electrically deposited on a base metal.
Egg Cup: Individual ovoid cups on a stand in which to hold eggs in their shell, usually soft boiled.
Egg-cup Frame: A frame for holding multiple egg cups and spoons.
Egg Coddler: A container for cooking eggs at the table, popular during the Victorian era. Eggs
would be put inside the coddler, boiling water was then poured in and a burner lit. The eggs would
be done in about seven minutes.
Engraving: A process of decoration done by cutting shallow lines and grooves into
the surface of the metal with engraving tools or a drill, reproducing artwork that has
been drawn on the metal.
England Silver: Nickel silver. Has no silver content.
EPBM: Electroplated Britannia metal.
EPC: Electroplated copper.
En Suite: Made as part of a series or set.
Epergne: A table centerpiece composed of multiple arms for holding plates, bowls,
baskets, candle arms, etc., usually with a central basket. The name is from the French
word épargner (to save) as in saving dinner guests the trouble of passing dishes.
EPNS: Electroplated nickel silver.
EPWM: Electroplated white metal.
Enamel: A medium made of powdered glass and pigmented metallic oxides which
is then fused by high heat to metal, glass, and other objects. Silver flatware can be
found with enamel work on handles and bowls.
Ember Bowl: A shallow bowl with wooden or ivory handles where hot
embers were placed and used to light pipes and cigars with the aid of ember
tongs. Used before the advent of friction matches. Also called a pipe lighter
or a smoker's brazier.
Ember Tongs: Used along with an ember bowl, hot embers would be picked up
with the tongs and used to light pipes and cigars.
Etui: A small, usually decorative case with lid for holding needles, pins, and other
Ewer: A type of large pitcher with a stemmed, footed base, a single handle, and a wide