Pair Of Sheffield Silver Plate Candlesticks, English Circa 1830


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A pair of handsome Sheffield silver plate candlesticks with etched glass hurricanes, marked Blagden, Hodgson and Company 1 English circa 1830.

Height: 20 in. (51 cm ), Diameter: 6 in.  (15 cm)
Sold as a pair.

Further readings and sources:

  1. The maker’s mark on the base of these candleholders features a cross atop a globe, a hallmark commonly found on Old Sheffield Plate items, reflecting a silver plating technique prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular mark is consistent with those attributed to Blagden, Hodgson & Company, a firm established on Nursery Street in Sheffield, England. Active in the early 19th century, Blagden, Hodgson & Company was ultimately incorporated into Hawksworth, Eyre & Co.

    The origins of Blagden, Hodgson and Company can likely be traced to Thomas Blagden, who registered a silver mark in 1798. By 1808, he was joined by additional partners, including Thomas Hodgson. Renowned for their superior Old Sheffield Plate offerings, the company faced a transition in 1832, seeking new partners, and by 1833, the dissolution of the business led to its absorption by Hawksworth, Eyre & Co.

    Given the brief production span of Blagden, Hodgson and Company’s items, these candleholders bear historical significance.

    For further details, consult Geoffrey Tweedale’s ‘Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers, 1740-2022’ (3rd edition, forthcoming).

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