Georgian Tray in Old Sheffield Plate
Date: Circa 1800
An excellent plain styled silver* tray with geometric shape and having a simple reed border and carrying handles. This is...
An excellent plain styled silver* tray with geometric shape and having a simple reed border and carrying handles. This is a very pretty example of Georgian elegance. A particularly charming feature on the reverse side of the handles are the little shell mounts. The back of the tray has the original tinned copper.
Spread 56cm. Length 46cm. Width 35cm.
English, probably made in Sheffield.
Unmarked Old Sheffield Plate.
Would make an ideal drinks tray.
Literature. *Old Sheffield plate (circa 1770-1840) was a process used in Georgian times to make articles from a sheet of copper fused with a thin sheet of sterling silver. This process predates the silver plating done today (electroplating) which started in the 1840s. The majority of these silverwares were made in Sheffield, UK (hence the term Old Sheffield plate) which was a major UK centre for silver production.
Most articles made from Old Sheffield plate are unmarked. The date can be determined from the style and manufacture.
This is a rare tray. Very good condition. The silver has very little wear, just the normal scuffs you’d expect from a tray of this age.
No maker assigned
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