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"Old Sheffield Plate" Valuable Antique English Centerpiece

"Old Sheffield Plate" Valuable Antique English Centerpiece

Regular price $600.00 USD
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 This gorgeous centerpiece, urn shaped bowl was made in the late 1700's or the early 1800's and is a rare and valuable collectible!  It is difficult to find "Old Sheffield Plate". It was made in England over 200 years ago during a short period of time before electroplating was discovered.   This lustrous piece is gleaming with sterling silver sandwiched with copper in between sheets of silver.  It's pedigree as authentic and collectable "Old English Plate"  is easily able to be identified by it's rolled edges and soldiered joints.  

This magnificent centerpiece has the most gleaming silver. Because of the age, there are some spots where the copper shows through, and see the photos of the interior basin of the bowl, there is wear. 13.5"l x 14"w x 9" tall.

'Old Sheffield Plate', an exquisite and rare craftsmanship not to be mistaken for the later and inferior 'SHEFFIELD PLATE' items, stands as a testament to the ingenuity of mid-18th-century British artisans. This unparalleled process involved delicately layering a sheet of lustrous sterling silver over a core of copper, skillfully heating and meticulously rolling it into splendid sheets. These precious sheets were then transformed into an array of opulent table items, ranging from intricate hollow-ware and resplendent trays to elegant candelabras, candlesticks, wine coasters, and, on rare occasions, even exquisite cutlery.

Collectors hold this exceptional method of silver plating in the highest regard, acknowledging it’s craftsmanship and rarity. With the advent of electroplating, a groundbreaking innovation introduced by Elkington & Company in 1840, the production of 'Old Sheffield Plate' came to a halt, marking the end of an era defined by hand crafted ingenuity and unparalleled quality. Today, these pieces serve as cherished treasures, a testament to the unparalleled artistry and mastery that once graced the tables of the most discerning connoisseurs.


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