Georgian Silver Argyle

Date: 1805 -1806

Maker: John Emes

Country: England

Stock Number: 5829

A classic style antique sterling silver gravy jug with vase shape on a pedestal foot. Lovely plain style with a crest of a cat holding a flag engraved to both front and lid. With pull off lid and a central heating chamber. Capacity just a little under half a pint. Weight 457 grams, 14.7 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. All pieces hallmarked London 1805/6. Maker John Emes.

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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