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(Above: Pair Silver Plate Matthew Boulton Candelabras )
Nothing beats the style and elegance of a classic pair of English silver plate candelabras. They add panache to any room and a touch of class to a dining table as part of a dinner party. Of course in pre-eletric times silver plate candelabras were a practical light emitting device for the home. Nowadays they are splendid decorative piece and can be used with candles to give your dinner party that extra splash.
Of course the history of silverplating can be traced back to the 1840s with the company of Elkington & Co who operated out of Birmingham, England. Under the guiding eye of founder George Elkington the company developed the technique and emerged as one of the prime producers of silver plate. Hence, with this technique all manner of products - epergnes, lazy susans, coolers and buckets and of course candelabras could be produced. The bright patina of the silver plate looks great in any setting and reflects the light from the candles beautifully.
(Above: Pair Silver Plate Rococo Victorian Candelabras)
One of the pre-eminent makers of silver plate products was the famouse industrialist Matthew Boulton. Out of Soho House (no not that one) in Staffordshire Boulton made sterling silver plate for those more well off and Sheffield plate - ie silver plated - for those of more modest means. He made all manner of products including candelabras, candlesticks, flagons, vases and urns. We carry a couple of Matthew Boulton style silver plate candelabras and they have a great look.
Sheffield Silver Plate
Amazing to think that the town of Sheffield in the north of England emerged in the 1700s as one of the centres and innovators for silver plate production. Sheffield plate is a layered combination of silver and copper used to make a lot of household goods like knives, tea sets, trays, tankards, serving dishes etc. The Sheffield process was generally replace in the 1840s by the electroplating process (as used by Elkington). Sheffield silver plate is known to be hard wearing and it's unusual to find originals today as they would have typically been replated. We do carry a range of Sheffield silver plate candelabras, plus some French models.
(Above: Pair Victorian Sheffield Silver Plate Candelabras Candles Paul Storr )
Another famous English silver smith is Paul Storr who worked out of London in the early 1800s. His style was largely neoclassical and he made everything from knives and forks to special commissions for the Royal Family. Original Paul Storr pieces such as the candlesticks in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and wine collers in the White House command massive amounts of money. We carry a superb pair of Paul Storr style candelabras.
Many of these silver plate candelabras can be viewed in the Canonbury Hertfordshire antiques showroom so please get in touch for an appointment. We are conveniently located just 25 minutes north of London in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside right where the A1 meeets the M25.
(Above: Pair French Empire Silverplate Candelabras )
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