Date Made/Found: around 1760
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 26 x 203mm (13/16 x 1 x 8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1943.90
This is a fork made of Old Sheffield Plate, around 1760.
This fork was made during the early period of Old Sheffield Plate manufacture. It was made from two sections stamped lengthways, filled with tin and lead, and then soldered together. Silver points were soldered to the prongs and this area received the most wear and tear and tended to wear through quickly.
Old Sheffield Plate was developed in Sheffield around 1742 by Thomas Boulsover. It is a type of silver plated metal made by fusing a thin layer of silver onto a copper ingot. It was rolled out into sheets and used to make decorative objects that looked like silver but were much cheaper.
This object is part of the Bradbury Collection.