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6535 A Fine early George III Wine or Beer Jug


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Jugs of this type are usually called 'beer jugs', but it seems infinitely more likely that they were used for wine; beer was the drink of the poor and the young in an age when water could be dangerously infected.   Further, such jugs usually hold about the same capacity as decanters - somewhere between a bottle and a litre.

Typically wine jugs of this type were made in the 18th century until c.1775 when glass decanters took their place.  Many have no lid, but some, especially later ones do just as decanters have stoppers.

This jugs is of standard, baluster form with a hollow handle and pouring lip.  It has no armorial, crest or monogram engraving and it appears it never has had, as there is no 'thin spot' and the patinaltion is good all over.  It was made in the workshop of Thomas Wallis, a well respected London silversmith in 1769.  The hallmarks and that of the maker are very well struck and there are the usual maker's and sterling standard marks in the lid. 

It is in excellent condition with a very good 'colour' or patination.  It is highly fit for purpose.

Date: 1769

Dimensions: 8.7",22 cm. high

Weight: 24 oz. 4 dwt., 752 grams.

Price: UK customers £4,650, US customers $6,045, Euro customers €5,350, Australian customers $8,140

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