Antique Silver Claret Jug


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Object Description

A handsome Victorian sterling silver mounted wine jug with a fine quality cut crystal body. The silver has foliate scroll decoration and a pierced silver thumbpiece. Contains 1300ml.

Height 24cm/26.8cm to top of thumbpiece.

Spread 16cm.

Sheffield 1899.

Maker Walter and Charles Sissons.

Sterling silver

Marks. The silver is stamped on the collar with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the lid and silver ring are part marked.

Walter & Charles Sissons

This business originated in Sheffield in 1786 as Roberts, Cadman & Co and managed by Samuel Roberts Jr (son of Samuel Roberts Sr) and George Cadman (apprenticed under Samuel Roberts Sr) and with the Rev. Benjamin Naylor as “sleeping” partner until c.1794 (financial only). This partnership, with the addition of George Ingall (1816), was succeeded in 1826 by S. Roberts, Smith & Co, the partners were Samuel Roberts Jr, his nephew Evan Smith, his cousin’s son Sidney Roberts and William Sissons. In 1833, the partners were Samuel Roberts, Evan Smith and William Sissons. Samuel Roberts retired in 1848 and the business became Smith, Sissons & Co.

In 1858 the business became W & G Sissons under William Sissons Jr. and George Sissons, 1st mark entered as Henry Smith in London 1864. Other marks were entered in London in 1866 and 1887. Later, the firm became a limited company. In 1943, the manufacturing silversmiths business was transferred to Bell Reproductions Ltd (a subsidiary firm). Roberts & Cadman (1785) and Roberts, Smith & Co (1828) registered Old Sheffield Plate marks with the figural symbol of the “bell”. The “bell” symbol was maintained by W&C and W&G Sissons in their electroplated silverware.

Object Condition

The jug is in very good condition with no damage.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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