Nathaniel Smith & Company
, founded 1780
Material and Medium: Sterling silver, wood
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2000.211
This object is a brandy saucepan. It is made from Sterling silver with a wooden handle and was hallmarked in Sheffield in 1784. The saucepan was made by the Sheffield manufacturer, Nathaniel Smith & Company.
Brandy saucepans were used over a spirit lamp to gently heat small amounts of brandy or to make mulled wine.
This brandy saucepan is very unusual, as most examples of this date are made from Old Sheffield Plate, which is a form of silver plate on copper. Initially, manufacturers could only fuse silver to one side of a copper ingot. When making a brandy saucepan, the silver plated side was on the interior to stop the copper tainting the taste of the brandy or wine.