9079. George III Silver Beer Jug - Price £4,850

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A handsome antique sterling silver jug of baluster shape on a plain circular cast foot. The ā€œSā€ scroll handle is capped by acanthus leaf. Uninscribed. Weight 945 grams, 30.3 troy ounces. Height 20cm. Spread 19cm. Diameter at top 9cm. London 1783. Maker George Smith.

Biography - George Smith III and IV. The number of London silversmiths called George Smith in the 18th Century is very confusing. The spoonmakers were father and son, and are generally referred to as George Smith III and IV, and were unrelated to I, II, V & VI. Both used the mark “GS”.

George Smith III was apprenticed to Thomas Chawner in 1765, turned over to Pierce Tempest, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark as spoonmaker 1774. 2nd--5th marks 1774, 1775, 1776, 1776, 1778. 6th (2 sizes) 1780. 7th (5 punches) 1782. 8th in partnership with William Fearn 1786.

His son George Smith IV was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1786 and worked from 1799-1807. 

Condition - This useful pitcher is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour and good gauge metal. Stamped with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks to the side of the handle.

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.

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