Antique Silver Plated Argyle

Date: Circa 1880

Country: England

Stock Number: 7549

An attractive antique gravy jug with shaped sides and an egg and dart border. With an exterior flap and double skin warming chamber. Original plaited cane handle. Height 18 cms. English. Circa 1880. Unmarked. Silver plated.

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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