A charming antique wine bucket with detachable top and gadroon border. Attractive plain design with barrel shape and half ribbed decoration. The quirky horizontal side handles and applied face masks are very appealing. There is an armorial engraved to one side and a crest and motto to the other. Height 20.5 cms. Diameter 18.5 cms. Spread 23 cms. Circa 1800. Old Sheffield Plate*.
This attractive antique wine cooler is in good condition with no repairs. The engraved armorials and applied mounts are crisp. It has been used and there is some copper showing, the bottom is a bit “not round”. It still has the original detachable top. There is no inner sleeve probably due to the shape of the cooler.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
*Old Sheffield plate was a process used in Georgian times to make articles from a sheet of copper fused with a thin sheet of sterling silver. This process predates the silver plating done today (electroplating) which started in the 1840s. The majority of these silverwares were made in Sheffield, UK (hence the term Old Sheffield plate) which was a major UK centre for silver production.