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George III Silver Jug

Date: 1779

Maker: Robert Hennell I

Country: England

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A handsome antique sterling silver beer jug (or water jug) of baluster shape with a hinged cover and bead borders. Excellent heavy gauge and patina.

Contains 686 ml.

Weight 679 grams, 22 troy ounces.

Height 22.5 cm (to top of finial). Spread 15 cm.

London 1779.

Maker Robert Hennell I.

Literature. The earliest form of flagon used for serving wine, beer and other cold drinks dates from the late 16th and early 17th century. These are extremely rare and would originally have had a companion dish or basin.

The plain baluster beer jug was introduced circa 1720 and remained popular for the next 50 years. These jugs occasionally have hinged covers and make ideal water jugs for the dining table. By the end of the 18th century the jugs became very decorative and became adapted for serving wine.

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