Relevant categories: Silver Plate
You may already have heard about the Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan and how it revolutionized the way guests were entertained in 17th century England. Today, you have a choice between the modern style lazy Susan and the antique pieces that have passed through many hands. Whichever your choice, you will be able to keep the various sauces and condiment within the reach of the guests. The essence of these turntables was to do away with the necessity of having a maid move around the table to serve the guests.
The Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan is made so that when placed on the table it is able to rotate. But that doesn’t mean that they are available in only one style. Depending on when they were made, the style is bound to differ.
What Is a Genuine Sheffield Silver Plate Lazy Susan?
In the 18th century England, silver products were marked by the city in which they were produced. For example, you could have silver from Edinburg, Dublin, Chester, Birmingham, London or Sheffield. Thu a Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan obviously originated in the city of Sheffield.
In addition to that, you will also look at the year when the item was made and the head of the king or queen. Since the years are represented by different alphabetical letters, it is important to consider how the letters are shaped and whether they are lowercase or uppercase. With this information, you will be able to know exactly when the Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan was made.
The manufacturers of the silver plates also left their own marks which were nothing more than a single letter. In the 19th century, there were many of these manufacturers whose information has since been lost. Also, many of the factories existing at that time chose to use different marks with the passage of time. To know the year when a Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan was made, you may have to look at the other features.
There is no doubt you will find your favorite Old Sheffield silver plate on the market today. Many of these pieces were made using a combination of copper and silver. The copper was the main plate and after it was created, the silver was spread on both sides. So it is not enough to look for the marks we have already discussed. A look at the edges of the tray will show signs of copper.
Some original owners of the pieces had their silverware imprinted with their personalized coat of arms. This will be clearly visible in the object’s front. If there is a faint, rounded circle surrounding the engraving, then it is definitely a Sheffield silver plate lazy Susan.
If you are unable to see any of these marks, don’t worry. They are tiny and an unaccustomed eye may not be in a position to see them. Also, the pieces have been polished over the time they have been in use and some of the markings may have been lost. You may want to enlist the help of an antique expert.
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