George II Antique Silver Beer Jug


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Object Description

A classic antique silver jug of baluster form on a plain circular cast foot, with a beak shaped spout. To the front is a large hand engraved lion crest within a decorative cartouche. Large size, heavy gauge silver and excellent patina.

Contains 1550 ml.
Weight 1273 grams, 40.9 troy ounces.
Height 23.3cm (to top of lip). Spread 21cm.
London 1755.
Maker Robin Albin Cox.
Sterling silver.
18th century.

Useful for serving cold drinks such as beer, wine or water.

Marks. Stamped on the underside with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Maker: Robert Albin Cox

Robert Albin Cox, apprenticed to Humphrey Payne 1745, turned over to John Payne 1750, free 1752. First mark, as largeworker, 1752. Second mark 1758. Third mark 1759. Elected to the livery 1791, prime warden 1880. Died 1826. Robin was a specialist tankard maker, as was his master Humphrey Payne. Arthur Grimwade notes that due to Cox’s apparent longevity it’s likely he had a son with the same name.

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Object Literature

Silver Beer Jugs. These plain baluster jugs were introduced circa 1720 and remained popular for the next 50 years. They occasionally have hinged covers and make ideal water jugs for the dining table. By the end of the 18th century the jugs became very decorative and became adapted for serving wine.

Object Condition

The silver jug is in very good condition with a small amount of wear consistent with age. It has been water tested and does not leak.

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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