Antique Silver Argyle

Date: 1828

Maker: Emes & Barnard, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 6599

An attractive antique sterling silver gravy jug with plain straight sided style and gadroon border. Engraved crest to the front. With pull off lid and a central heating chamber. Weight 446 grams, 14.3 cms. Height 13.25 cms. Spread 19.5 cms. Diameter 8.5 cms. London 1828. Maker Emes & Barnard.

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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