These exceptional antique Victorian old Sheffield plate* wine coolers have a tapering panelled flared form.
These antique wine coolers are ornamented with inset silver panels to both sides of each piece to allow engraving; this was normal practice with many old Sheffield plate items and can be identified in the images and video.
One panel to each wine cooler is embellished with a crest displaying a mailed gauntlet for the right hand, fist clenched, palm to the front below the motto 'Dum Spiro Spero' - While I breathe, I hope.
The rims of these Sheffield plate wine coolers have a flared shaped form.
Each wine cooler is fitted with two fine and impressive scroll decorated handles ornamented with exceptional leaf decorated terminals.
Both pieces retain the original impressive detachable feet; each foot has a flared shell design, with four overlapping divisions embellished with incurved edges.
These Victorian wine coolers retain the original removable liners.
* Old Sheffield Plate is the process of fusing a layer of silver on to a layer of copper. The process was discovered by Thomas Boulsover in 1742. Old Sheffield plate is highly sought after due to it's rareity and age - it was superceded by cheaper electroplate in the early 1840's.
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