This is a very attractive set of 4 of antique George III Old Sheffield plate wine bottle coasters, circa 1820 in date.
The set are of circular form with a beaded edge decorated with engraved bunches of grapes on turned wooden bases inset with a silver button engraved with a crest.
The undersides of the coasters are lined with baize.
Add an elegant touch to your next dining experience.
In excellent condition. As antique items, the coasters show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, they display beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 4.8 x Width 14.5 x Depth 14.5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 6 inches
Old Sheffield Plate
Thomas Boulsover, a Sheffield cutler, invented the process which became called Sheffield plate Circa 1740. The date is uncertain because no patent was taken out. The next known manufacturer was Joseph Hancock, in 1755, but others also began and in 1784 the Sheffield Plate makers obtained an Act of the Parliament legalizing a mark consisting of the full name of the maker and an associated device.
In Sheffield plate a sheet of silver is fused on to a thicker one of copper and the compound billet rolled, both metals expanding equally, become a thin sheet of copper coated with a layer of silver. About 1840 the Electroplate process superseded Sheffield Plate and it’s production ceased about 1860.
Our reference: A3228