George III Silver Argyle

Date: 1774

Country: England

Stock Number: 8996

A classic style antique silver gravy jug with shaped waisted sides and bead borders. It has an exterior flap and double skin warming chamber – very rare design with an internal pipe which transports the hot water from the filler to the double skin base. Hand engraved armorial to the front. Capacity 200 ml. Weight 316 grams, 10.1 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Spread 14 cms. London 1774. Maker mark unidentified - looks like "J.H".

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 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. The earliest recorded example was made in 1755 but they are not generally found before the 1770's, after which they 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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