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Sugar basin with a glass liner

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    1778-1779 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, stamped and pierced with a blue glass liner

  • Credit Line:

    Bequesthed by Dr. R.C. Jackson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The sugar bowl, in a specialised form, begins to appear in about 1690. By the latter part of the 18th century, the standard form for the sugar bowl or basket had become vase shaped, often pierced as with this example and provided with a coloured glass liner. Silver pierced work was enormously popular in the mid 18th century when the Sheffield plating industry was just getting under way.

Physical description

Sugar basin, silver with a blue glass liner, vase shaped with pearled edge and swing handle, decoration of slit piercing and garlands stamped in relief, the foot with borders of leaves on a square plinth.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)


1778-1779 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, stamped and pierced with a blue glass liner

Marks and inscriptions

Sheffield hallmarks for 1778-79

Mark: partially obliterated


Height: 4 in, Diameter: 3.1 in

Descriptive line

Silver, glass, Sheffield hallmarks for 1778-79, mark unidentified.


Silver; Glass


Piercing; Stamping; Glass-blowing

Subjects depicted

Beading (edging pattern); Leaves; Husks (motifs)


Eating; Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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