Date Made/Found: 1760-1765
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 243 x 136 x 122mm (9 9/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 13/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
This is a candlestick made of Old Sheffield Plate, by Joseph Hancock, in the early 1760s.
This is a very early candlestick, one of a pair made by Joseph Hancock of Sheffield. Hancock was the first manufacturer to realise the potential of Old Sheffield Plate to make plated goods in large quantities. Candlesticks were amongst the earliest items he manufactured, as the widespread use of candlelight at the time meant they could be sold to a mass market.
The shoulder mounts, foot and nozzle have been struck in cast steel dies, and afterwards chased by hand. Chasing is a form of decoration where a design is created by surface modelling from the front using punches and a hammer. Old Sheffield Plate candlesticks were generally made in two parts and filled before being soldered together. The stem also has some chasing to distract from the soldered seam.Display Location: