Tea and coffee machine
Daniel Holy, Wilkinson & Company
Date Made/Found: around 1798
, founded 1783
Roberts, Cadman & Co
, founded 1784
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate, glass
Dimensions: Overall: 435 x 290 x 240mm (17 1/8 x 11 7/16 x 9 7/16in.)
Overall: 355 x 430 x 460mm (14 x 16 15/16 x 18 1/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1943.402
This is a tea and coffee machine made of Old Sheffield Plate. It was made by Daniel Holy, Wilkinson & Co and the slop basin made by Roberts, Cadman & Co, around 1798.
The machine consists of a large central hot-water urn which can hold six pints of water. The large urn can turn to supply the two smaller urns, which can hold three pints each. One small urn is for coffee and one for tea. All of the urns can be taken off the frame to be used separately. The slop basin was not originally sold with the machine. In trade catalogues of the time the machine is displayed with a space for a slop basin if required. Tea and coffee machines were in use on the breakfast table in large country houses in the early 1800s, when the custom was for diners to serve themselves.
This is an extremely high quality piece which has survived in excellent condition. It has plating of extra thickness to allow for the deep cut engraving. It has solid silver mounts for grandeur and to disguise any signs of copper which would reveal it to be plated silver.
This object is part of the Bradbury Collection.