Definition of Sheffield plate in English:

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Sheffield plate

Pronunciation: /ʃɛfiːldˈpleɪt/


[mass noun]
Copper plated with silver by rolling and edging with silver film and ribbon, especially as produced in Sheffield between 1760 and 1840.
Example sentences
  • There are three kinds of silver antique: sterling silver, or its equivalent, Sheffield plate, and silver plate.
  • Matthew Boulton, James Watt's partner in the manufacture of steam engines, also made silver, Sheffield plate, and ormolu, while another of his associates, Francis Eginton, was a pioneer in the revival of stained glass.
  • Chinese porcelain was imitated in the Potteries; silverware was copied as Sheffield plate; exquisite Indian muslins were mimicked in Lancashire.
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