19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set

19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set………………………Nice little miniature late 19th Century British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set.

From circa 1895.

Teapot, Lidded Sugar pot, creamer and sugar tongs.

The Teapot, creamer and sugar bowl are unmarked.

The tongs are not part of the original set and are marked.

Cute little set !!!

SHEFFIELD PLATE: Sheffield plate is a layered combination of silver and copper that was used for many years to produce a wide range of household articles. These included 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 items such as soup tureens and hot-water urns. Almost every article made in sterling silver was also crafted by Sheffield makers, who used this manufacturing process to produce nearly identical wares at far less cost.
The material was accidentally invented by Thomas Boulsover, of Sheffield’s Cutlers Company, in 1743. While trying to repair the handle of a customer’s decorative knife, he heated it too much and the silver started to melt. When he examined the damaged handle, he noticed that the silver and copper had fused together very strongly. Experiments showed that the two metals behaved as one when he tried to reshape them, even though he could clearly see two different layers.

Boulsover set up in business, funded by Strelley Pegge of Beauchief, and carried out further experiments in which he put a thin sheet of silver on a thick ingot of copper and heated the two together to fuse them. When the composite block was hammered or rolled to make it thinner, the two metals were reduced in thickness at similar rates. Using this method, Boulsover was able to make sheets of metal which had a thin layer of silver on the top surface and a thick layer of copper underneath. When this new material was used to make buttons, they looked and behaved like silver buttons but were a fraction of the cost.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_plate

19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set.

Provenance: Bought at an Estate Sale in Ireland.

Dimensions: Teapot: 5.25″ tall, 6.5″ wide and 3″ deep

Creamer: 2″ tall, 3.5″ wide and 2.15″ deep

Sugar Bowl: 3.25″ tall, 4.4″ wide and 2.15″ deep

Tongs: 3″ long and 0.4″ wide

Condition: Very good.

Price Now: $120

19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set

19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set

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