Georgian Old Sheffield Plate Cheese Dish

Date: Circa 1820

Country: England

Stock Number: 8774

The antique cheese toaster is an unusual lidded serving dish with a carrying handle and detachable lid. Inside there is a set of 6 removable little dishes. Good plain style with a simple ring handle. The base has a warming chamber and the water can be filled by sliding a small plate on the side handle. A very versatile and practical item. Top 22.5x15 cms. Spread 36 cms. Height 8.5/9 cms. Small dishes 7x7 cms, height 1.2 cm. Unmarked. Old Sheffield plate*. Made in Sheffield, UK. Circa 1820.

Literature: Originally the cheese toaster was designed to stand in front of the fireplace where, using the detachable lid as a reflector, the heat would be directed down onto the cheese placed in the pan. These were made for a short period from the late 1760s.

*Old Sheffield plate was a process used in Georgian times to make articles from a sheet of copper fused with a thin sheet of sterling silver. This process predates the silver plating done today (electroplating) which started in the 1840s. The majority of these silverwares were made in Sheffield, UK (hence the term Old Sheffield plate) which was a major UK centre for silver production.

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