A Superb Solid Sterling Silver Water or Wine Jug or Ewer
Full Hallmarks for Barnards of London 1868
Still in it's original box! from Lane Crawford Ltd, Hong Kong
This is a very special water or wine ewer or jug made by one of the most sought after Silversmiths of nineteenth century London. It simply oozes quality and style. It remains in near mint condition - due to the fact it still lives in its original box - and it is very finely decorated. You will have to search long and hard to find a nicer solid sterling silver wine or water jug.
It measures approximately 12.5 inches (32cm) tall and tips the scales at a very solid 811g
Beautifully decorated with engraved flowers and foliage that go all around the jug - leaves top, flowers bottom this jug also boasts a beautiful relief (of Dionysus or Bacchus?) at the base of the elegantly scrolling handle (which has bone heat barriers so it can be picked up and poured safely even if the contents are hot). The lid is also beautifully shaped and decorated - thought has gone into every part of this item's design.
Everything fits properly as it should, the hinge is perfect, and there is NO damage at all that I can find - I think this has probably lived in it's box for a significant proportion of it's life. Things like this were made to be used though and appreciated and enjoyed so please don't buy it and put it away - use it and let it fulfil it's intended purpose.
There are two final parts to the decoration - a wonderfully engraved coat of arms with the Latin motto 'Vivere Sat Vincere' can be found to the front of this piece, and the date '3rd June 1869' is engraved in flowing script on the neck of the jug facing the handle.
The box appears to be totally original and remains in good condition for its age although there is some wear and tear to the hinges and cloth. It is marked 'Lane Crawford Ltd' who were luxury retailers based in Hong Kong from 1850 onwards (they are still trading today - they are the far eastern equivalent of Harrods). This leads me to believe this jug has had a colonial life, and a little further research with the clues provided should enable the purchaser to uncover some more of it's history.
It is clean inside and out and has until recently been used as a water jug on special occasions - it remains as perfectly practical for it's purpose today as when it was made and pours very nicely.
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