Sheffield plate, probably made in Sheffield, 1775

Although this flagon looks as though it is made from silver, it is mostly copper with a thin layer of silver on the surface. A block of copper is coated on both sides with silver and then rolled out into a thin sheet. Objects such as flagons and teapots are made from this coated sheet of copper metal, known as Sheffield plate.

Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Fund 1976