19C British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Mini Tea Set...........................Nice little miniature late 19th Century British Old…
19C British Art Nouveau Old Sheffield Plated Silver Epergne.
PRESENTING a GORGEOUS 19C British Art Nouveau Old Sheffield Plated Silver (EPNS) Epergnes Centerpiece Rose Vase.
Late 19th Century, British circa 1895. Old Sheffield plated silver epergne centerpiece rose vase or arrangement.
The firm was established in Birmingham in 1800 by William Hutton, and was transferred to Sheffield in 1832. After the founder’s death the business was continued under the style of William Hutton by his son William Carr Hutton. The firm was transformed in William Hutton & Sons in 1864 and William Hutton & Sons Ltd from 1893 to 1930. In 1930 goodwill transferred to James Dixon & Sons Ltd. The firm used the trade mark CROSS ARROWS (6 or 8 arrows) after the acquisition of Creswick & Co (c. 1900). The firm used their trade mark ANGLE PLATE
An epergne generally has a large central “bowl” or basket sitting on three to five feet. From this center “bowl” radiate branches supporting small baskets, dishes, or candleholders. There may be between two and seven branches. Epergnes were traditionally made from silver, however from around the start of the 20th century glass was also employed.
This is a QUALITY item !
Marked EPNS for electro plated nickel silver.
The centerpiece is a series of vine leaves complete with leaves and vine spirals.
Very much in the Art Nouveau style.
The center vase is removeable and sits into the central vine spiral….it has a ribbed edge.
In GOOD CONDITION !!
Quite RARE !!
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.
19C British Art Nouveau Old Sheffield Plated Silver Epergnes.
Provenance: Bought at an Estate Sale in Ireland.
Dimensions: 14.5″ wide, 7.6″ tall and 8.5″ deep.
Condition: Very good for it’s age.