Antique Georgian Old Sheffield Plate Tray 1800 Close Plated Steel Snuffers 1850
A very attractive and usable antique Georgian period boat shaped snuffer tray or stand made from Old Sheffield Plate (Fused Plate - a form of silver plate with silver on either side of a copper base which has been hot rolled together.) circa 1800. It has the joint on the rim hidden by a piece of hollow silver wire which has been soldered to the edge, this practice started around 1790 and was later superceded with solid wire. There are the remnants of a mark to one side that we have so far been unable to decipher.
The tray has been matched with a pair of scissor action steel candle snuffers or wick trimmers that have been "close plated" (silver foil fused with heat to the steel, and later burnished). These ornate handled snuffers sit on three ball feet and have a strong spring scissor action. The outer face of the snuffer plate has a mark Brookes, Sheffield.
The stand is approximately 10 inches long 4 inches wide by 1 1/8 inches high. The snuffers are 7 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches high. Together they weigh 245g unpacked.
They are in good antique condition. The tray is George III circa 1800 has some rim damage but the plate generallly still shines well. The steel wick trimmer or candle snuffers are about 1850 and are in very good working order the spring is very strong although the close plated body has wear to the plate.
A great item for both display and use.