George II Silver Milk Jug
The small, pear-shaped milk jug stands on a round, profiled, cast pedestal foot and has a lively curved rim with a wide spout. The cast handle is made from two c-shapes and beautifully decorated with a leaf at the thump rest.
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).
Sarah Holaday was presumably the widow of the silversmith Edward Holaday. She used two different marks and her work is of high quality (Grimwade3 1990: 549).
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Jackson, Ch. J., 1911, An illustrated History of English Plate, ecclesiastical and secular in which the development of form and decoration in the Silver and Gold Work of the British Isles form the earliest known examples to the latest of the Georgian Period, Bd. II, Plauen i. Vogtl.: C.F. Schulz & Co.
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