REF: E0029 SOLD
A Rare Pair of 18th Century ‘Old Sheffield Plate’ Tablespoons, England
A Rare Pair of 18th Century ‘Old Sheffield Plate’ Tablespoons, England Circa 1770
Both bowls & handles trimmed with silvered seams, the handles terminating to engraved stag’s head crests, each with varying degrees of wear consistent with age & use with copper ‘blushing’ through. Length, 8.75”
Old Sheffield Plate was first developed in Britain during the mid18th century in order to replicate items found only in sterling silver at the time but at a fraction of the cost. The process involved a sheet of copper sandwiched between two layers of silver, then heating annealing it and rolling it into sheets to be formed into an assortment of table items i.e. various pieces of hollowware, candelabras, candlesticks, wine coasters, etc., and to a lesser degree cutlery - which is relatively rare, especially that of spoons.