Learn about Sheffield Plate

Sheffield Plate was the first commercially viable method of plating metal with silver. The method of plating was invented by Thomas Boulsover, a Sheffield Cutler, in 1743 and involved sandwiching an ingot of copper between two plates of silver, tightly binding it with wire, heating it in a furnace and then milling it out in to sheet, from which objects could be made.

Originally used by its inventor to make buttons, the potential of the material was quickly realised, and soon it was being used to fashion boxes, salvers and jugs, and not long after that candlesticks and coffee pots, and other traditional tableware.

Although there was a considerable saving in the amount of silver used, Old Sheffield Plate manufacture was more labour intensive than solid silver, meaning higher labour costs. This meant that Old Sheffield Plate was very much a luxury product, and only available to the very wealthy.

The thickness of the silver means that many 18th century Sheffield Plate pieces still have a good layer of silver, while electroplated pieces (EPNS), may have been replated several times over their lifetime. more...

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Pair of Geo. III Sheffield Plate decanter coasters, 15.5 cm diameter

An oval Sheffield plate tray having two cut crystal pickle jars and a central biscuit barrel. 19 cm high, 48 cm long

A Sheffield plate cutlery service for twelve, probably mid 20th century, with maker's mark for Lee & Wigfull, Insignia plate, the one hundred and forty four pieces, monogrammed 'B' including: knives and forks for main, entree and fish, large, dessert and s

An Antique Sheffield plate oblong entree dish, cover and two handled warming stand, circa 1820, 34 x 21 cm

Serving tray. Mid 19th century pierced border grape vine decorated Sheffield plate 57 x 40 cm

George III Sheffield plate decanter coaster, with impressed Crown mark under rim, 20 cm diameter approx.

Sheffield plate tureen. Lion finial. Coat of arms to each side. Height 15.5 cm

An oval twin handled sheffield plate soup tureen and cover with Acorn final, English circa 1820, 31 cm wide across the handles

A pair of quality Sheffield plate wine coasters, 19th century, the shaped flaring bowls with applied scrolling rims well cast and chased with floral and shell forms in the rococo manner, with turned timber bases centred with a silver button and woollen fab

A group of twelve antique Sheffield plate meat plates. Late 18th to early 19th century, mark of R. Morton & Co, Brinsworth Orchard. All with shaped beaded edges, with crests and monograms, eight of shallow form, four slightly deeper, and all marked for Mor

A group of twelve antique Sheffield plate meat plates. Late 18th to early 19th century, mark of R. Morton & Co, Brinsworth Orchard. All with shaped beaded edges, with crests and monograms, marked for Morton & Co with cockerel underside. Height 2.5 cm. Diam

An Antique Sheffield plate barrel shaped tea urn, circa 1800. 41 cm high

An early nineteenth century Old Sheffield plate sauce tureen rectangular form on ball feet with gadrooned banding

George III 'Old Sheffield Plate' oval tray (not electro plate) approx 26 cm long, 16 cm wide

Pair of antique Sheffield plate wine coasters, each approx 17 cm diameter (2)

A Sheffield Plate entree dish with warming base, lozenge shaped with four scroll feet and acanthus handles to the sides, a removable handle to the lid; the lid engraved twice with the arms of Hall (once borne by the Bishop of Bristol). Multiple maker's sta

A Sheffield Plate coffee pot and teapot, of similar style, both with compressed lobed bodies and boxwood handles.

An Old Sheffield plate, candle snuffer, and tray

A Sheffield plate swing handled basket, 19th century, with maker's mark for Richard Richardson, in the Regency manner, the rectangular lobed dish with a conforming pedestal base, an ornate applied floral border, the swing handle of conforming decorative fo

Antique Sheffield plate tea pot, half fluted body, standing on a rectangular base with fine reeded band to the edge, early 19th century

An old 'Walker and Hall' Sheffield plate nut bowl, trophy, figural squirrel supported by four golf clubs, approx 21 cm high, 23 cm wide, 15 cm deep

Set of 4 Sheffield plate wine coasters, 19th century. Diameter 16 cm

A Sheffield plate meat serving dish The oval dish having a gadrooned and foliate scroll rim, with recessed drainage tree to the interior, supported on lion paw feet, one of which is stamped 'S' 5 cm high, 56 cm wide, 45 cm deep. Property from the Collectio

A Victorian Sheffield plate vegetable tureen, 19th century, a substantial shaped rectangular tureen well cast in the rococo revival manner, having a deep warming base, a fitted shallow dish and domed lid with a removable foliate form handle, bearing a fleu

A pair of Regency Sheffield plate wine coolers, circa 1830, the fine urn style buckets with leafy shell cast rims, a reeded central section and handles embellished with grape vine embellishments, raised upon pedestal feet; with removable central sections e

A Sheffield plate soup tureen and cover, in the Adam style, English, 19th century. 25 cm high, 42 cm across the handles

A large George III style Sheffield plate butlers tray, English, 19th century. 61 cm wide