Georgian Tea Kettle in Old Sheffield Plate

Date: Circa 1830

Country: England

Stock Number: 7835

This is the largest kettle we've ever seen - a giant size antique hot water kettle on stand with a pull off lid and folding raffia handle. The all over decoration is quite spectacular with hand engraved and embossed shells, flowers, foliage and scrolls. There are ornamental cast shell mounts to the base of the handle and cast scroll feet to the base. There are a couple of unusual features - the fish scale ornament to the bottom section of the kettle and also the stylistic flower finial on the lid. The kettle is attached by a chain and key to the circular stand so that it can be tipped to one side in order to pour out the hot water. Height 43 cms (total height with handle upright), 38 cms (with handle folded). Old Sheffield Plate*. Circa 1830.

Literature: *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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