A fine antique sterling silver wine jug in the elegant classical style typical of this well regarded maker. Excellent quality and weight. With a tall shapely form on a pedestal foot and curved wooden handle with discreetly decorated end mounts. The body is half fluted below a central reeded band. To the front there is a hand engraved coat of arms with the motto below “Vis Unita Fortior” – “United Strength is Stronger”. On the lid there is a hand engraved crest. Contains 1300 ml. Weight 1036 grams, 33.3 troy ounces. Height 33 cms (top of handle). Spread 16.2 cms. London 1788. Maker John Scofield.
Biography – John Scofield (or Schofield), highly prominent late 18th century London silversmith. No record of apprenticeship of freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker in 1776 with Robert Jones. 2nd mark alone 1778. 3rd mark 1787. Well known for his impeccable craftsmanship and elegant restrained taste. His candlesticks and candelabra are highly prized