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19th Century Pair of Old Sheffield Plated Wine Coolers, Sissons & Co, c.1840

$5,034.61per set


Antique 19th century beautiful and very rare pair of Old Sheffield plate wine coolers by Smith Sissons & Co. Old Sheffield Plate is the process of fusing a layer of silver on to a layer of copper. The process was discovered by Thomas Boulsover in 1742 and is highly sought after due to its rarity and age as it was superseded by cheaper electroplate in the early 1840's. These exceptional antique old Sheffield plate wine coolers have a tapering panelled flared form, ornamented with inset silver panels to both sides of each piece to allow engraving, a normal practice with many old Sheffield plate items. The rims have a flared shaped form and each wine cooler is fitted with two fine and impressive scroll decorated handles ornamented with exceptional leaf decorated terminals, original impressive detachable feet, each foot having a flared shell design, with four overlapping divisions embellished with incurved edges. They also retain the original removable liners. The firm was very established and has a long history. The firm was established in Sheffield in 1786 as Roberts, Cadman & Co. The firm was managed by Samuel Roberts Jr. (son of Samuel Roberts Sr.) and George Cadman (who served his apprenticeship under Samuel Roberts Sr.). A "sleeping" partner (only financial, until c. 1794) was the Rev. Benjamin Naylor. They were active as tableware manufacturers in Eyre Street, Sheffield, in the premises owned by Samuel Roberts Sr. The partnership, with the addition of George Ingall (1816), lasted until 1826 when was succeeded by S. Roberts, Smith & Co. The partners of the new firm were Samuel Roberts Jr., his nephew Evan Smith, his cousin's son, Sidney Roberts and William Sissons. In 1833 the partners were Samuel Roberts, Evan Smith and William Sissons. The firm Smith, Sissons & Co., which succeeded following the retirement of Samuel Roberts in 1848, was a partnership of Evan Smith and William Sissons Sr. lasting until 1858. The business was continued by William Sissons Jr. and George Sissons under the style W & G Sissons, entering their first mark as Henry Smith in London Assay Office in 1864 (8 Duke Street, Adelphi, WC). Other marks were entered in London in 1866 by William Sisson and George Sissons (9 Eyre Street, Sheffield and 8 Duke Street) and in 1887 by Walter Sissons and Charles Sissons (75/77 St. Mary's Road, Sheffield and later on their London Showrooms at 34 Southampton Road and 3 Charterhouse Street, Holborn Circus). Later the firm was converted into a Limited liability company and in 1943 the manufacturing silversmiths business was transferred to Bell Reproductions Ltd (a subsidiary firm). Roberts & Cadman (1785) and Roberts, Smith & Co (1828) registered Old Sheffield Plate marks with the figural symbol of the "bell". The "bell" symbol was maintained by W&C and W&G Sissons in their electroplated silverware. Condition: In good condition, wear consistent with age. Size: Height (each) 26cm Diameter (each) 24cm.


  • Creator
    W & C. Sissons 1 (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.24 in. (26 cm)Diameter: 9.45 in. (24 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1840
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B71191stDibs: LU1348223765512

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