One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Copper plated with silver by rolling and edging with silver film and ribbon, especially as produced in Sheffield, England, between 1760 and 1840.
- ‘Matthew Boulton, James Watt's partner in the manufacture of steam engines, also made silver, Sheffield plate, and ormolu, while another of his associates, Francis Eginton, was a pioneer in the revival of stained glass.’
- ‘Discovered in Sheffield in the 1740s, Sheffield plate was a bonded laminate of a thin layer of silver to a block of copper.’
- ‘Chinese porcelain was imitated in the Potteries; silverware was copied as Sheffield plate; exquisite Indian muslins were mimicked in Lancashire.’
- ‘Fused silverplate, commonly known as Sheffield plate, was the ideal medium for the new middle-class consumer, to whom both cost and appearance were crucial concerns.’
- ‘There are three kinds of silver antique: sterling silver, or its equivalent, Sheffield plate, and silver plate.’
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