This is a stunning Victorian silver plate claret jug, bearing the maker’s mark of the renowned silversmith James Dixon.
The claret jug a has superb engraved floral decoration body and a finely chased handle with naturalistic vines and grapes.
The body of the claret jug has an inscription, which reads:
‘Neptune Rowing Club 1874
Presented to J. M Whitaker ESQ:
Crew: 1. J. W. Morgan, 2. S. A. Carson, 3. J. J. Simpson, J. M. J. M Whitaker (stroke), D. Atholl (cox).
Winners of the Malahide Cup, Clontarf Cup, Drogheda Challenge Cup.’
The unique quality and design of this claret jug will make it a treasured piece for any discerning collector.
In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 34 x Width 12 x Depth 15
Dimensions in inches:
Height 13.4 x Width 4.7 x Depth 5.9
Claret Jug – is used to describe a table decanter intended for red wine, today also used as a sport’s trophy.
J Dixon & Sons – founded 1806 in Sheffield, was one of the major British manufacturers in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century.
They were the best-known manufacturer of Britannia metal, and also the world leader in manufacturing shooting accessories till the late Victorian era. They produced a variety of other items: from precision tools to aircraft propellors. They were particularly famous whistle makers, known for their outstanding quality. They were one of the 4 great whistle makers, the others being W Dowler & Sons, J Stevens & Son & T Yates.
Their shop was located first at Silver Street (1806), Cornish Place (1822) Sheffield .
Their registered trademark since 1879 was a Trumpet with a Banner hanging from it. Although registered in 1879, the “Trumpet with Banner” logo was used for many years before registration and appears on many of their silver plate pieces. Besides whistles, they were one of the foremost names in silver plate and sterling tableware including silver tea services and hollowware pieces. They also made silver ware serving pieces and had a wide catalogue of patterns. Their tea sets and hollowware pieces are very valuable as antiques.
In 1915 the company sold its stock to an Italian Company and ceased manufacturing shooting accessories.
The firm continued to be a family run enterprise until 1976. Since 1976 The company was purchased and was in American ownership.
Our reference: 09469