George II Silver Milk Jug

Objektnummer: 363

Maker not identified

City’s hallmark: Crowned lion’s head for London (Jackson 1921: 85)
Sterling mark: Lion passant (Jackson 1921: 85)
Maker’s mark: Mark worn off
Date letter: “S” in a pointy shield for 1733/4 (Jackson 1921: 85)

Height: 3,7 in. (9,5 cm); weight: 200 g.


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George II Silver Milk Jug

The small, pear-shaped silver milk jug stands on a round, profiled, cast, pedestal foot and has a buoyantly curved rim. The cast handle is made from two c-shapes and soldered to the corpus with the beautiful detail of a pearl-shaped knot.

Milk vessels were an important part of the tea ceremonial and tea services in the early eighteenth century. Especially during the period of George II they were in high fashion. During tea-drinking, a well-situated family could stage both social rank and wealth through the use of precious, silver accessories (e.g. the painting “A Family of Three at Tea”, probably by Richard Collins, Victoria & Albert Museum).


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