Richard Morton was an important silversmith's of the late 18th Century. He was based at Plate workers, Brinsworth Orchard in Sheffield working in silver and Old Sheffield Plate.
He was a specialist in making Salt Cellars, and in the first year the assay office opened in 1773 he sent 416 Salt Cellars to be hallmarked.
Morton's hallmark was registered in 1778 and production continued until 1809 under this name, during the same time he also registered RM & Co in 1773. Richard Morton & Company was one of seven Sheffield firms that came together to form a local silversmiths' association, which ran for around ten years. The main aim of the association was for manufacturers to fix selling prices for their goods to create a healthy, competitive market in the city.