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iconnumber posted 04-17-2019 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here are several silver wine bottle coasters. The one with the smallest height is by Matthew Boulton and is in Old Sheffield Plate while the two with taller sides are unmarked and are silver plated. The design of these two suggests that they were done by Barker-Ellis as I have seen others with this design having their mark.
It is hard to date these items, but I think the OSP one is before 1840 simply because silver electroplating started about 1840 and was cheaper to do than Old Sheffield Plate. I think the switch over to electroplating was very rapid.
The taller ones I suspect are late 1800s when designs became bolder and we were in the gilded age.

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iconnumber posted 04-17-2019 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always loved wine bottle coasters. They still have a very practical purpose too!

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Lovely collection!

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These were often referred to as "bottle sliders" in the 1700s and early 1800s. Most were silver plate including the eight George Washington asked Lafayette to bring him from France in 1783.

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George Washington was a world class consumer. Just before our Revolutionary War he ordered some silver from England. When the war started he worried that the silver might be delayed so he ordered more from France as a backup.

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