Item Number: 113694
Title: Old Sheffield Plate : A History of the 18th Century Plated Trade
Author: Crosskey, Gordon
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Description: Sheffield: Treffry Publishing, 2011. 29cm., hardcover, 454pp., more than 600 color illus. Summary: Old Sheffield Plate is an essential guide and reference for collectors of old Sheffield plate or antique silver as well as a unique source of information for those interested in 18th century industry in Sheffield and Birmingham. With Thomas Boulsover's invention of Sheffield Plate in 1742 (now known as Old Sheffield Plate) a whole new industry was born. The revolutionary technique of fusion plating allowed a wide range of articles made in silver to be imitated more cheaply by using ingots of copper that had been fused with a layer of silver by heating and rolling out into sheets. The extraordinary expansion of the industry throughout the second half of the 18th century was a triumph of ingenuity, craftsmanship, excellence of design and marketing. This book covers all aspects of the trade, is profusely illustrated with examples and provides an account of the opening of the Sheffield and Birmingham assay offices. Old Sheffield Plate, which has contributed so magnificently to England's heritage of 18th century applied art, deserves the properly researched account of its early history, which this book provides.
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