George III Silver Argyle


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Object Description

A classic style antique silver gravy jug with shaped waisted sides and bead borders. It has an exterior flap and double skin warming chamber – very rare design with an internal pipe which transports the hot water from the filler to the double skin base. Hand engraved armorial to the front. Capacity 200 ml. Weight 316 grams, 10.1 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Spread 14 cms. London 1774. Maker mark unidentified – looks like “J.H”.

Object History

An argyle is a gravy-warmer similar in shape to a covered coffee pot. The gravy is kept warm by various means. It is named after John Campbell (1723-1806), the Duke of Argyll who hated the way that gravy arrived cold to the table from his kitchens at Inverary Castle during the cold Scottish winters. The earliest recorded example was made in 1755 but they are not generally found before the 1770’s, after which they were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.

Object Condition

This delightful little collectors piece is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The engraved crest is still crisp. It has a full set of clear English silver hallmarks on the bottom and the top collar and side of the body are both part marked. Still very functional.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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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