This is a superb English Victorian silver plate and cut crystal claret jug bearing the makers mark of the renowned silversmith Elkington, C1870 in date.
The jug features hand etched crystal featuring vines, grapes and leaves, and the silver plate mounts is topped with a lion holding a shield and has embossed and engraved decoration of vones, leaves and Bacchus.
In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 28 x Width 17 x Depth 15
Dimensions in inches:
Height 11.0 x Width 6.7 x Depth 5.9
Elkington & Co
was a silver manufacturer from Birmingham, England.
The firm was founded by George Richards Elkington and his brother, Henry Elkington, in the 1830s. It operated under the name G. R. Elkington & Co. until 1842, when a third partner, Josiah Mason, joined the firm. It operated as Elkington, Mason, & Co. until 1861, when the partnership with Mason was terminated. The firm operated independently as Elkington & Co. from 1861 until 1963. It was then taken over by British Silverware, Ltd. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd.
Over the course of history it became very successful and was one of the prime producers of silver plating. Elkington received various royal warrants of appointments. One of their most famous pieces is the electrotype copy of the Jerningham Wine Cooler, at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Our reference: 08805