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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Important pair of Sheffield plate wine coolers, early 19th century, faceted bowls with foliate details to the handles rim and base, bearing the crest of King George V, gifted by him to the Nizam of Hyderabad (Indian Aristocracy) H: 26 cm

A pair of ornately decorated Sheffield plate wine coolers, English, 19th century, 28 cm high

An Old Sheffield plate Pierce-worked Galleried serving tray, 53 x 37 cm

Regency Old Sheffield Plate entree dish, with a stag head and coronet armorial to lid, 31 cm wide

An early 20th century Sheffield plate tray, of rectangular form, the border with shell and c-scroll decoration, with conforming scrolled handles on four scrolled feet, 77 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A Sheffield plate campagna shaped champagne bucket, with crest, and cast handles of goat's head, on a domed base, 25 cm high

A Regency Old Sheffield plate samovar, the ovoid half fluted body with doubled handles, the cover with lion finial and a shell spigot, raised on square base, on paw feet. Height 41.5 cm.

An impressive set of three graduated William IV Old Sheffield Plate meat covers, with ornate leaf and scroll borders and detachable leaf, fruit and scroll handles; each crested with a horse's head issuing from a ducal coronet and the motto 'Ducitur

Four silver plated trays, including a George III Old Sheffield Plate waiter, 52 cm handle to handle (largest) approx.

A pair of Victorian Sheffield plate campana form wine coolers, with oak and grape leaf decoration, 28.5 cm high (each)

A large William IV Sheffield plate circular tray, with pierced rocaille cast border and central armorial cresting, 60.5 cm diameter

George III Sheffield Plate coffee pot, 26 cm high approx.

Old Sheffield plate lidded entree dish and two unlidded dishes 1st quarter of the 1,800's makers mark, approx 33 cm long

A late Victorian engraved Sheffield plate tray, late 19th century, with stamps and cartouche of James Dixon & Sons Ltd, the circular tray with a serpentine beaded rim, finely engraved to the body with a central sunburst motif, raised on ball and claw f

A Sheffield plate four bottle cruet set, 19th century, the cruet with a shaped gadroon edged base raised on scrolled feet, with four compartments for the facet and flute cut bottles all with mushroom stoppers, a central ornately cast carry handle; unmarked

A pair of 19th century Sheffield plate lidded entree dishes C. 1830, with shaped gadrooned edging, removable floral scroll handles and inlaid silver engraving panel. Dimensions 29 cm x 22 cm, .

A pair of George III Sheffield plate wine coolers, English circa 1820, 19 cm high, 16 cm diameter. Provenance: Christies, Eric Dare Collection, 14 November 1995

Early Sheffield plate tea urn. Stamped Thomas Law Company. Acorn finial to lid. Dual handled. Tap with ivory handle. Tapered waist to platform on quad feet. Height 33 cm

Antique Old Sheffield plate miniature gallery tray. Approx 11 cm long

Georgian old Sheffield plate wine funnel, very good condition, with original gilding

George III Sheffield Plate soup tureen on stand with armorial, 36 cm wide, 32 cm high approx

A Scottish early Victorian silver Sheffield plate tea service, comprising teapot sugar bowl and jug with gold washed interior.

A William IV silver coffee pot and an Old Sheffield plate coffee pot, the ivory handled silver coffee pot with makers marks for Matthew Boulton, Birmingham, circa 1831, approximately 654 gms, 21 cm high, the sheffield plate coffee pot, markers marks for Ma

A Sheffield plate bottle coaster, Elkington & Co. /, circa 1853, the latticed and lobed body joining to a circular wooden foot, 18 cm diameter

A circular Sheffield plate drinks tray, early 20th century, the engraved foliate decorated tray with a pierced gallery and gadroon edging raised on three squashed bun feet. Height 3.5 cm. Diameter 36.5 cm.

Old Sheffield plate Empire tray having a rectangular body with rounded corners, two cast foliate handles & a rope twist border, a inscribed with the crest of the Earl of Northcote. Maker T&J Creswick. Condition good to fair, some wear & tarnish

An Antique Sheffield plate fluted coffee pot with persimmon finial, circa 1820, 23 cm high

A set of Sheffield plate fish servers and a silver serving fork, circa 1900, with maker's for W.R Humphries & Co (fish servers), the boxed antler handled fish servers with bright cut and prick work decoration, with sterling silver ferrules with mak

A large late Victorian Sheffield plate food Cloche, late 19th century, with maker's marks for James Dixon & Sons. Of typical dome form, with a reeded motif to the lower rim, a broad mesh band and a coiled reed handle; with marks to the interior. He

A Victorian Sheffield plate food Cloche, theird quarter 19th century, with maker's mark for John round & Son. Of typical dome form, with a beaded rim and a scrolled handle also with a graduated bead motif; with marks to interior and signature globe

Three Sheffield plate wares: a tray, teapot and coffee pot, later 19th century, with makers' marks for Charles Owen, James Dixon & Sons, a coffee pot of elegant compressed form decorated in the Art Nouveau manner with pendant floral decoration and

A 19th century Old Sheffield plate snuffer tray and pepperette

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