A good piece of antique provincial silver. An antique sterling silver mug of plain baluster design with a simple scroll handle. Uninscribed. Contains 550 ml, 1 pint. Weight 353 grams, 11,3 troy ounces. Height 14 cm. Diameter 8.4 cm. Spread 13.5 cm. Newcastle 1777. Maker Langlands and Robertson.
John Langlands I and Robertson I, Newcastle silversmiths. Partnership active 1778 – 1795. For more than half a century the Langlands family were the largest manufacturers of plate silver in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On the death of Isaac Cookson in 1754, two of his former apprentices, John Langlands I and John Goodrick, took over his business. Goodrick died in 1757 and in 1778 John Langlands I took John Robertson I as partner, a well respected partnership which was dissolved in 1795 two years after Langlands’ death. Langlands’ son John II continued the business until his death in 1804 when his widow Dorothy took over until her retirement in 1814.