This listing is for a gorgeous pair of tall mid-19th Century English Old Sheffield Plate (OSP) silver plated candlesticks. This classic elegant design features a diagonal ribbed design in several places as well as elongated paneled design on lower stem.
Dimensions: 11 3/4" high with a 2 7/8" top diameter and 6 1/4" diameter base. Combined weight is 6.6 pounds.
Condition: Both candlesticks are in very nice Estate condition with no noted flaws other than minor signs of normal wear and the expected wear to the layer of silver which leaves a soft copper glow where the silver is worn and the copper base metal is exposed. This wear is commonly found on Old Sheffield Plate pieces and is considered by most collectors as adding beauty and personality to give the silver items. There is also a very slight separation between the edge of the removable silver bobeche and the top of the candlesticks.
History: Old Sheffield Plate (OSP) is a process invented in 1742 where a sheet of sterling silver was fused onto a sheet of copper and then crafted by hand into almost any type item that had been previously made of solid silver. There was no requirement to mark OSP so most pieces are dated by style and the way they are made (which can fairly accurately date the piece within 5-10 years either way). Some of the silversmiths who worked with this silver process used assorted trademark stamps, however, most OSP ware is unmarked. The Industrial Revolution with the invention of electricity and other forms of mechanical items caused the demise of this industry. In the 1840's the growth of electroplating began (known as silver plate today) and replaced this expensive and timely process.
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