Antique Silver Argyle

Date: 1782

Maker: Wakelin & Taylor

Country: England

Reserved £1,850
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A classic style antique sterling silver gravy jug of vase form with a pedestal foot and acorn finial. It has an interior hot water warming chamber. Lovely plain style with reed borders. Hand engraved to the front is an armorial with motto and to the reverse there is a crest and monogram. The pull off lid is also engraved with crests and mottos. Weight 463 grams, 14.8 troy ounces. Height 20 cm. Spread 17.5 cm. London 1782. Maker Wakelin & Taylor.

Literature. 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 fifth 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. Argyles were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.

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