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iconnumber posted 07-21-2005 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vintage.collectables     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is another one that I am having trouble getting info on.

A short family story behind it: Given to my dad by a small local hotel in town sometime in the 1950's or maybe 60's is a beautiful Sheffield Spirit Kettle. He had admired it for some time after he first noticed it on the formal set table of a VIP guest of the hotel. The manager of the hotel called him when the hotel was closing down and asked if he still wanted the pot. Of course he said yes.

It took me some time to identify it as a now rarely used item called a Spirit Kettle. Set on a stand that allowed it to be tipped to dispense the liquid kept hot by the burner that sits under the stand. The handle and lid fennel? have pieces of what appears to be ivory on them.

The kettle is marked with:
RR (back to back in enclosed design?)
RR S and RR (back to back)

Have been able to ID the EPBM mark explaining that it is Electro Plated Britannia Metal - a silver-like alloy. I thought it would be simple to ID period on this one, but to no avail. Can someone help me with the other markings on this piece?? Could this have been used only as a specialty item used in hotels??

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iconnumber posted 07-21-2005 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't help as to maker (that RR mark should be easy for the electroplate mavens; the SHEFFIELD can be taken at face value); but as to period it is fairly easy. English (or Canadian) stuff of this style would have started a little earlier than in the USA, but it is probably at the earliest from the late 1880s, and the latest pre-WWI. The form and style is a mixture of late Georgian/Regency (1810-30) while the stand could be interpreted as a Chippendale sort of idea (tho' the claw feet appear in classical pieces later, too). Thus it's a Georgian revival style piece. My guess is that things of this quality in hotel plate disappeared after World War I and were replaced by plainer goods, even for VIPs.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2005 02:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vintage.collectables     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your info was quite helpful and caused me to get lost in additional research. When you say "the SHEFFIELD can be taken at face value" I became lost. Does this mean that it is a different maker?? The style info was wonderful information. But when trying to find the maker one thing I learned is that electroplate does not have much documentation on the marks so I went looking and found nothing that would help.

I am guessing that this piece could have possibly been the property of the owners of this small hotel as there was only this one "special table" in the hotel. I do believe that this hotel was there back prior to the 1930's but not sure how long. I try to document the history of my pieces, not only who made, etc. but where have they been (am also the family historian doing research). Would love to find out a little more about when this was made and where. Hoping that one of the electroplate mavens, as you call them, can help me out.

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