19C Old Sheffield Plate Silver Coffee and Tea Service

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19C Old Sheffield Plate Silver Coffee and Tea Service

PRESENTING A Wonderful 19C Aged Sheffield Plate Silver Espresso and Tea Company.

Extremely collectible ‘Old Sheffield plate’ ….. ALL marked ‘EPNS’ for ‘Electro Plated Nickel Silver”.

Tea Pot, Coffee Pot, Creamer and sugar bowl.

All merchandise superbly engraved/chased and embellished.

Floral scrolls with un-ascribed Armorial central Crest. Floral finial on lids of tea and coffee pots. Floral scrolling handles.

Thoroughly matching support and entirely and properly marked for Old Sheffield Plate.

Manufactured in Sheffield, England circa 1880.

No makers marks, but has very good quality and excess weight.

Outdated SHEFFIELD PLATE: Sheffield plate is a layered blend of silver and copper that was used for numerous several years to make a extensive range of household articles or blog posts. These involved buttons, caddy spoons, fish slices, serving utensils, candlesticks and other lighting devices, coffee and tea sets, serving dishes and trays, tankards and pitchers, and larger sized objects these kinds of as soup tureens and hot-water urns. Just about each individual write-up designed in sterling silver was also crafted by Sheffield makers, who utilised this production course of action to generate approximately identical wares at significantly less price tag.
The materials was unintentionally invented by Thomas Boulsover, of Sheffield’s Cutlers Organization, in 1743. Though attempting to fix the handle of a customer’s attractive knife, he heated it also substantially and the silver started out to melt. When he examined the weakened handle, he observed that the silver and copper experienced fused alongside one another really strongly. Experiments showed that the two metals behaved as 1 when he attempted to reshape them, even however he could evidently see two distinctive layers.

Boulsover established up in business, funded by Strelley Pegge of Beauchief, and carried out further experiments in which he place a skinny sheet of silver on a thick ingot of copper and heated the two alongside one another to fuse them. When the composite block was hammered or rolled to make it thinner, the two metals had been diminished in thickness at equivalent premiums. Using this approach, Boulsover was equipped to make sheets of metallic which had a skinny layer of silver on the leading floor and a thick layer of copper beneath. When this new substance was applied to make buttons, they seemed and behaved like silver buttons but were being a portion of the cost.
Double sandwich variety

The “double sandwich” type of Sheffield plate was produced all over 1770. Made use of for parts this sort of as bowls and mugs that had a visible interior, it consisted of a sheet of silver each and every facet of a piece of copper early brands utilized a movie of solder around the bare edge of copper even though these kinds of items are very unusual. Edges of early salvers were hidden by folding them around but from about 1790, borders were applied with U-formed lengths of silver wire to conceal the copper which can normally be felt as a lip on the underside. In direction of the conclude of the interval, reliable wire was occasionally employed which can be tough to see.
Nickel silver

Pursuing the creation of German silver (60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc), about 1820, it was observed that this new substance also fused well with sheet silver and presented a suitable foundation steel for the Sheffield system. For the reason that of its approximately silver color, German silver also uncovered significantly less don, or “bleeding”, when Sheffield-produced content articles had been subject matter to each day use and polishing. Being substantially tougher than copper, it was employed from the mid-1830s but only for articles this kind of as trays or cylindrical goods that did not need complex shaping.


19C Outdated Sheffield Plate Silver Coffee and Tea Provider.

Provenance: Purchased at an Estate Sale in Ireland.

Dimensions: Espresso Pot: 9 in Tall, 9 in Huge and 4.5 in Deep

Tea Pot: 7.5 in Tall, 8.75 in Wide and 5 in Deep

Creamer: 4 in Tall, 5 in Wide and 3.5 in Deep

Sugar Bowl: 4 in Tall, 6 in Broad and 3.5 in Deep

Ailment: Incredibly Superior. Some very minor decline of silver plating in places via age, use and polishing but not important.

SALE Cost NOW: $680 (Established of 4)