This gorgeous tray is in excellent condition with no noted damage to the body reflecting only minimal surface scratches from normal use. Decorated with an engraved crest in center.
This is a stunning and a quality piece of Old Sheffield Plate. With the silver being fused over copper, the tray has a nice heavy weight of 5.5 pounds. Measures 19" long, 23 3/4" long at handles and 13 wide.Old Sheffield Plate 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). 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 silverplate today) and replaced this expensive and timely process. We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! English Old Sheffield Plate (OSP) 19 Engraved Serving Tray" is in sale since Tuesday, January 13, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Platters & Trays". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.