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ENGLISH SILVER PLATE FAUX TORTOISESHELL TRAY STAND

ENGLISH SILVER PLATE FAUX TORTOISESHELL TRAY STAND

You are viewing a absolutely gorgeous English silverplate tray on stand. I hope the photos does this sumptuous piece some justice, it’s certainly more impressive in the flesh. The tray is XL – over 3 feet long and covered in faux tortoiseshell to give it that stylish look. This would be a great decorative piece like a table to display decorative pieces on. Or of course it is a big and practical tray for serving drinks and the like. The silverplate is hall marked – even the stand on the legs (please see close up photo)

English Sheffield Silver Plate Centrepiece Bowl Dish Epergene

English Sheffield Silver Plate Centrepiece Bowl Dish Epergene

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– Absolutely stunning English Sheffield silver plate centrepiece
– I hope the photos do this stunning piece some justice, certainly better in the flesh
– Piece is comprised of many pieces – two side bowls and the main centrepiece

PAIR SILVER PLATE MATTHEW BOULTON CANDELABRAS CANDLE SHEFFIELD

PAIR SILVER PLATE MATTHEW BOULTON CANDELABRAS CANDLE SHEFFIELD

You are viewing an amazing pair of 1930’s Matthew Boulton style silver plate candelabras. Each candelabra has seven branches and holders for candles. These are a stunning, unique, museum quality pair and the like and quality of which it is rare to come across.
Matthew Boulton was a famous English silver plate maker and designer and a native of Birmingham. He was also a business partner with James Watt – the inventor of the modern steam engine. Boulton set up his first factory in 1762 and made objects using the Sheffield plate process.

He was famous for his ornate and intricate designs, including candelabras, centrepieces, epergenes and dishes. Original Boulton pieces of course command high fees and are highly collectable.

Elkington and Co – George Richards Elkington and Henry Elkington patented the process of silverplating by depositing a thin layer of silver onto base metal by electrolysis. They developed this in the 1830s and by the end of the decade it had replaced the Old Sheffield plate technique.

Silver was very expensive in the 18th Century and as demand was so high cheaper alternatives were sought after. In Sheffiled in 1742 Thomas Boulsover discovered the technique of fusing copper and silver with heat – the fused metal could be rolled into a sheet and then formed into objects. This process is called Old Sheffield plate and was very popular from the 1750s to the 1840s.

With this new process large quantities of items could be made quickly – candelabras, centrepieces, cutlery, dishes and bowls. Period Sheffield silverplate is very sought after.

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