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CLOSE PLATING

The 'close plating' is a method of applying a layer of silver foil to tinned steel by heat fusion and burnishing. It was largely used for plating knives, scissors, spurs and the like. The burnishing brought silver to a high finish by rubbing the surface with a hard smooth object such as agate or other hardstone, a dog's tooth or very high grade steel.



close plating English candle snuffer



This 'close plating' scissor action candle snuffer stands on three feet and has fruits and floral ornaments with a pair of shells.
This snuffer is unmarked but very likely has English origin and was made between the end 18th / beginning 19th century. The snuffer is coupled with an 'old Sheffield' tray.
The candle snuffer is 7 in. long (cm. 18).



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close plating English candle snuffer old Sheffield tray

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