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Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C

Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Regency Period Old Sheffield Silver Plated Basket C1820 19th C | Ref. no. 09757 | Regent Antiques
Ref: 09757
Price: £350.00
This is a magnificent antique English Regency Period Old Sheffield silver on copper bread basket , circa 1820 in date.

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This is a magnificent antique English Regency Period Old Sheffield silver on copper bread basket , circa 1820 in date.

This Old Sheffield basket is of rectangular shape with shaped corners and features a deep-set border which is richly decorated with exquisite chased acanthus leaves and c scrolls, typical of the Regency period.
 
It has two elegant handles, one to each end, with matching chased acanthus leaves and c scrolls decoration.
 
The centre of the basket has a Royal family crest with the initials 'B' and 'D', exquisitely engraved, with the copper showing through.
 
The beauty, quality and craftsmanship of this basket, make it truly second to none.


Condition:

In excellent condition with no dings, dents or signs of repair and only minor signs of wear commensurate with age and use. Please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 5.5 x Width 41 x Depth 24

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 9 inches

Our reference: 09757

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Old Sheffield Plate - or ‘fused plate’ as it is sometimes known, was the first commercially viable method of plating metal. 

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.

The technique Boulsover developed was to sandwich an ingot of copper between two plates of silver, tightly bind it with wire, heat it in a furnace and then mill it out in to sheet, from which objects could be made. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 5.5 x Width 41 x Depth 24

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 9 inches

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