Art Deco Silver Plate Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs in Original Presentation Case – Walker & Hall – Set of 12

Art Deco Silver Plate Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs.

REALLY NICE QUALITY Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs.

Set of 12 tea spoons and sugar tongs from the very desirable and highly regarded maker of Walker & Hall in Sheffield, England.

Walker & Hall, Silversmiths: The business was established in Sheffield in 1845 by George Walker. Becoming an assistant of Dr. John Wright who had conducted important experiments on electroplating Walker secured the royalty of electroplating for Sheffield. The business was joined by Henry Hall and became in 1853 Walker & Hall. The factory was at Howard Street, Sheffield, while showrooms were opened in 45 Holborn Viaduct, London. Branches were opened in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull, Bristol, Melbourne and Adelaide (Australia), Cape Town (South Africa). Walker & Hall was converted into a limited liability company in 1920 under the style Walker & Hall Ltd and combined in 1963 under the British Silverware Ltd with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co. Walker and Hall Sheffield were primarily Sheffield Makers, but items with Birmingham, London and Chester Assay Marks can also be found.

CHRONOLOGY:
Walker & Co, 1845-1848
Walker, Coulson & Hall, 1848-1853
Walker & Hall 1853-1920
Walker & Hall Ltd, 1920-the present
part of British Silverware Ltd, 1963-1971
a subsidiary of Mappin & Webb Ltd, a member of Sears Holdings Ltd since 1971

Link: http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLAWALKER&HALL.html

In the original presentation box made of Moroccan leather, with purple velvet and silk interior.

The silk interior has Walker & Hall, Sheffield printed on it…..it is definitely the original box for the spoons.

The spoons and sugar tongs are definitely from the Art Deco period……circa 1915 – 1920.

Walker & Hall became Walker & Hall Ltd. in 1920…..these are pre-1920.

The are each fully marked….”W&H SL A1″

The are beautifully chased and pointed in an Art Deco geometric form.

The have unengraved cartouches which can be personalized.

In PERFECT CONDITION !!! HIGH QUALITY !

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

Art Deco Silver Plate Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs.

Provenance: Bought from a Reputable Dealer in Ireland.

Dimensions:

Box: 11.75″ wide and 7.75″ deep. 1.25″ Tall

Spoons: Each is 4.5″ long and 7/8 of an inch wide at spoon

Tongs: 4.2″ long and 1.25″ wide at top

Condition: Near Mint

Price Now: $380

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plate Silver Plated Tea Spoons with Sugar Tongs

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