Art Deco Silver Bon Bon Dish

Art Deco Silver Bon Bon Dish.

GORGEOUS Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Bon Bon Dish.

This is a piece of classic Art Deco !!!!

This is a British made silver plated, EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver) ….Old Sheffield Plate……Bon Bon dish.

Both ends of the dish are decorated in a chevron border in classic Art Deco form….as are both sides and the carry handle.

Fully marked….made by Frank Cobb & Co circa 1910.

It has its serial numbers and can be easily authenticated.

1905-c.1940 at 35-37 Howard St. Sheffield. They ceased producing electroplated wares in 1911. The firm used the trade mark PERIOD PEWTER (c.1926-1939)


As this is EPNS… was made pre-1911.



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.


Art Deco Silver Bon Bon Dish.

Provenance: Bought at an Estate Sale in Ireland.

Dimensions: 13.75″ wide, 4.5″ tall and 5.85″ deep

Condition: Near Mint

Price NOW: $240

Art Deco British Old Sheffield Plated Silver Bon Bon Dish with Opalescent Glass Inserts

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