Sheffield Plate: front
Late C18th Sheffield Plate dated to about 1780s by the absence of marks (particularly any resembling London silver maker’s marks) as stipulated by law in 1772. Also the underside has a tin coating, thus single-plated, which was the early method of manufacture where only one side of the copper ingot was covered with silver. Later both sides of an ingot were covered with silver.
Three Bottle Liqueur Frame
The base of triform shape on squashed bun feet with an applied band of Oak leaves and acorns; a concave below the encircling gallery forming spaces for the bottles interspersed by small circlets providing holders for the stoppers when those are removed from the bottles. The whole topped by a loop handle. The clear glass bottles of barrel shape with triple horizontal cuts separating the vertically reeded lower from the uncut middle and the diamond cut upper and the faceted shoulder.
The stylised “thistle” shaped stopper with repeats of the horizontal cuts and a central band of diamond cuts under a star cut flat top. Ground out pontil marks to the bases with lovely age indicating wear marks and just the right amount of “bleeding”. Minor nibbles to stoppers, some old repairs to frame. gently cleaned otherwise “as found”.