|Image from History of Old Sheffield Plate,
by Frederick Bradbury.
Used to serve up different types of tea or in some cases, tea and coffee, the tea machine is perhaps the rarest and most collectable of items ever made in Old Sheffield Plate and considered the Holy Grail for Old Sheffield plate collectors. Also known as Tea Equipage, the cost to produce these charming and enigmatic objects meant few could afford them. They would most likely be found in aristocratic households, or homes of the very wealthy.
|Image from Old Sheffield Plate,
by Gordon Crosskey.
There are only two known examples of Tea Machines made in sterling silver. One is in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection,Virginia, USA and the other in St. John's College, Oxford, UK.
Our very own example in Old Sheffield Plate (circa 1800) is pictured below and is available on our website at www.ifranks.com/item/b3442-silver-tea-urns
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