Antique and Vintage Silverplate

In 1742, a Sheffield, England, cutler named Thomas Boulsover reportedly spilled some molten silver onto the copper handle of a knife. This ordinary accident proved the catalyst for an extraordinary invention, a new metal called silverplate. Until 1742, all silver had been referred to as “plate,” whether it was hammered into ceremonial chalices for churches or formed into candlesticks and chocolates pots for Earls, Dukes, and other members of...Continue Reading