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Pin tray

Pin tray

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate

  • Credit Line:

    Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pin trays were a useful sewing accessory for providing a ready supply of pins for the busy seamstress. They usually took the form of a miniature dish with a recessed well and a comparatively wide flange to facilitate carrying between forefinger and thumb. They could either be rectangular or oval like this one. The only decoration is a gadrooned edge.

Sheffield plate originated, with the discovery in 1742, that bars of silver and copper, in unequal proportions, fused by heating under pressure, could be rolled into sheets of laminated metal and worked like silver. The industry this material created flourished for about 100 years until superseded by electroplating in the 1840s.

Physical description

Oval, with spirally gadrooned edge.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)


late 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate


Length: 10.79 cm, Width: 8.25 cm

Descriptive line

Pin tray, Sheffield plate, late 18th century, English.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Sheffield plate



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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