Antique Pair Regency Three Light Candelabra Creswick & Co, C1820 19th C

GBP 2,750.00

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Object Description

This is a stunning pair of antique English Regency Period Old Sheffield Plate, silver on copper, three light, two-branch table candelabra, circa 1820 in date, and bearing the The “cross arrows” trademark makers mark of the world renowned silversmith Creswick & Co.

The candelabra feature detachable sconces and have beautiful cast foliate and acanthus decoration to the branches columns and bases, with urn sconces above drip trays. They are raised on decorative circular bases.

The attention to detail is absolutely fantastic and they are certain to attract attention wherever they are placed.

In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 55 x Width 42 x Depth 20

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 8 inches

Creswick & Co – formerly TJ & N Creswick of Sheffield. The “arrows” trademark was first registered in 1811 for Old Sheffield Plate production. The cross arrows trademark was later acquired by William Hutton & Sons in 1902. Electroplating began in 1852. The firm became Creswick & Co in 1855.

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

Our reference: A3211

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