Antique Victorian Transitional Silverplated Victorian Sugar Bowl c.1845
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: G.R.Collis and Co.
WEIGHT: 11.25 troy ounces (12.35 ounces or 350.00 grams)
STOCK CODE: W081549
This is an interesting piece, made at a time when manufacturing techniques were evolving. The process used in creating Sheffield plated items (wherein copper sheet was fused together with silver and rolled out then fashioned into objects) was drawing to an end with the introduction of more efficient and economical electroplating. This pleasing piece was created in the 'older' style of fabrication, probably fashioned from nickel, but its silver surface was electroplated onto the base metal. This marriage of the two technologies is often referred to as being 'transitional.'
The lobed, melon-shaped basin sits on four ornate feet. The interior is silver gilt. Originally intended for sugar, this large, deep vessel could be used for a variety of things: chocolates or Turkish delight at Christmas, silvered almonds, lashings of cream at a sumptuous tea, or perhaps for raspberries for two.
Other than Elkington & Co, who were responsible for the refining electroplating process, G. R. Collins produced the highest quality silver-plated wares of its day. It was Collins who purchased Paul de Lamerie's moulds when that renowned silversmith closed his workshop.
L: 21.5cm 8 1/2"
H: 11cm 4 1/4"
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