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5091 A Pretty and Unusual Crested Wine Jug

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This charming and very practical wine jug was made in the reign of Queen Victoria.   Typically for the period, (c.1860) it has a compressed globular body, but instead of the usual tall neck and stopper, it has a handle (hollow) and 'pincered' rim to aid pouring.

It is wheel-engraved with a band of polished stars against a matted background and within a border of matt tiny ovals and line.  This occurs on the upper portion of the body and is repeated on a smaller scale around the neck.  The lower band, opposite the handle, is finely engraved with a crest - a griffin issuing from a ducal coronet - framed in a plain oval cartouche.

It is often, indeed usually, not possible to identify a crest to a single family.  A crest is the heraldic equivalent of initials - usually shared by many. Coats of arms, by contrast are peculiar to single people.  In this instance the crest is shared by 18 families, among them, Besney, Coppin, Griffin (not surprisingly!), Hopton, Lane, Page, Powell, Roydon, Stone and Vidler.

Date: c.1860

Dimensions: 7.5", 19 cm. high

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