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Antique Georgian Old Sheffield Plate Candlestick Holders, Copper, Silver, Candle Stands, Ornate Candleholders, Wedding Present, 19th Century

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A Stunning pair of Antique Georgian Old Sheffield Plate telescopic candlestick holders. Dating from the early 19th Century. They have significant copper bleed through but I think this makes them even more desirable and beautiful. Considering they are around 200 years old,they are in good condition. One of them has a small dip in one section around the middle lip as shown by the picture 7, one is also stiffer to move to the extended position. They both show age/small dings commensurate with their age. As you can see from the pictures it is possible to completely remove 1 extension but I have not been able to do the same to the other one. The bases are weighted with ballast, the green baize is missing from the base of one of the candle holders. Whilst there are no maker marks (most Old Sheffield Plate isn't marked) these ornate candlestick holders are the best quality of the period

A truly beautiful addition to any dining table. These would also make a gorgeous and original wedding present or house warming gift.

Measuring 22cm up to 28cm when fully extended, 13.5cm diameter at the base. They weigh 1kg EACH

A Little History of Old Sheffield Plate

Old Sheffield Plate, or ‘fused plate’ as it is sometimes known, was the first commercially viable method of plating metal. The method itself was invented by a Sheffield Cutler named Thomas Boulsover in 1743 and continued until it was replaced by electro-plating after 1840, when George and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electro-plating.

In many ways the creation of a good piece of Old Sheffield Plate was technically more difficult than the creation of an equivalent piece in solid silver. It was not cheap either. The saving in silver was considerable, but the process still required substantially more silver than the later electroplate. As well as the high silver content, Old Sheffield Plate was more labour intensive than solid silver, meaning higher labour costs. Old Sheffield Plate was still very much a luxury product, and only available to the very wealthy. Old Sheffield Plate is superior to Electroplate in a number of ways. It tends to be better quality, is generally hand rather than machine made, and more elegant in design than much Victorian Electroplate. It is also of great interest to collectors, and is a subject of study to students of the Industrial Revolution as well as those of Georgian design.

The renowned Old Sheffield Plate manufacturer and industrialist Matthew Boulton famously said that he wished to make “What all the world desires”. Indeed, the production and sale of Old Sheffield Plate is firmly rooted in the history of the British Industrial Revolution, as well as that of 18th and 19th century art history and the history of design. For both these reasons Old Sheffield Plate in now keenly collected. Precisely as with furniture and solid silver, Old Sheffield Plate builds up a wonderful patina over the years, and copper wearing through the high points (known as bleeding) is very attractive, adding to the charm and character.
A Stunning pair of Antique Georgian Old Sheffield Plate telescopic candlestick holders. Dating from the early 19th Century. They have significant copper bleed through but I think this makes them even more desirable and beautiful. Considering they are around 200 years old,they are in good condition. One of them has a small dip in one section around the middle lip as shown by the picture 7, one is also stiffer to move to the extended position. They both show age/small dings commensurate with their age. As you can see from the pictures it is possible to completely remove 1 extension but I have not been able to do the same to the other one. The bases are weighted with ballast, the green baize is missing from the base of one of the candle holders. Whilst there are no maker marks (most Old Sheffield Plate isn't marked) these ornate candlestick holders are the best quality of the period

A truly beautiful addition to any dining table. These would also make a gorgeous and original wedding present or house warming gift.

Measuring 22cm up to 28cm when fully extended, 13.5cm diameter at the base. They weigh 1kg EACH

A Little History of Old Sheffield Plate

Old Sheffield Plate, or ‘fused plate’ as it is sometimes known, was the first commercially viable method of plating metal. The method itself was invented by a Sheffield Cutler named Thomas Boulsover in 1743 and continued until it was replaced by electro-plating after 1840, when George and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electro-plating.

In many ways the creation of a good piece of Old Sheffield Plate was technically more difficult than the creation of an equivalent piece in solid silver. It was not cheap either. The saving in silver was considerable, but the process still required substantially more silver than the later electroplate. As well as the high silver content, Old Sheffield Plate was more labour intensive than solid silver, meaning higher labour costs. Old Sheffield Plate was still very much a luxury product, and only available to the very wealthy. Old Sheffield Plate is superior to Electroplate in a number of ways. It tends to be better quality, is generally hand rather than machine made, and more elegant in design than much Victorian Electroplate. It is also of great interest to collectors, and is a subject of study to students of the Industrial Revolution as well as those of Georgian design.

The renowned Old Sheffield Plate manufacturer and industrialist Matthew Boulton famously said that he wished to make “What all the world desires”. Indeed, the production and sale of Old Sheffield Plate is firmly rooted in the history of the British Industrial Revolution, as well as that of 18th and 19th century art history and the history of design. For both these reasons Old Sheffield Plate in now keenly collected. Precisely as with furniture and solid silver, Old Sheffield Plate builds up a wonderful patina over the years, and copper wearing through the high points (known as bleeding) is very attractive, adding to the charm and character.

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All items painted and waxed take 5 - 21 days to cure, please take care during this time to avoid sharp objects and use coasters under drinking vessels. Once cured, your piece will stand up to normal wear and tear. However it is not waterproof, or immune to alcohol spills, therefore please take care to wipe these up asap. To keep it looking beautiful and to ensure durability you do need to look after it as you would with any piece of furniture. It should only be cleaned with a damp cloth wrung out in washing up water. Please do not use any liquid/spray furniture polishes as they may contain a silicone which can cause cracks to appear in the paint
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Antique Georgian Old Sheffield Plate Candlestick Holders, Copper, Silver, Candle Stands, Ornate Candleholders, Wedding Present, 19th Century

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: copper, silver, ballast, baize
  • Feedback: 21 reviews
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