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Jug: M.1-1989

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Maker(s)

Smith, Stephen (Silversmith)

Description

Silver; in the shape of a Cambridge ale jug, the body matted and engraved with exotic birds amid flora

Silver: in the shape of a Cambridge ale jug, the body with sloping cylindrical sides and slightly tucked-in base and flat bottom. The narrow neck with plain moulded rings below a slightly everted rim. The broad handle is concave down the centre and joins the body near the base with a flat spatulate terminal. The sides of the body are matted and engraved with exotic birds and tropical flowers and foliage (including humming birds and passion flowers). The interior is lightly gilt.

Notes

History note: Sotheby's sale 'Important English, Irish & Scottish Silver', 17 November 1988, lot 195

Legal notes

Purchased from the G.H.W. Rylands Fund

Measurements and weight

Weight: 845 g
Weight: 27 : 3 oz : dwt
Width: 17 cm
Width: 6⅝ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1989-01-30) by J. H. Bourdon Smith Ltd.

Dating

Third quarter of 19th century
Victoria I
1874 CE - 1875 1875 CE

School or Style

Aesthetic Movement

Components of the work

Interior: composed of gilt To The Rim: Height 18.2 cm Height 7⅛ in
Decoration: Handle:

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Soldering : The hollow handle was seamed down its length. The body was raised or spun, then the base neck and handle were soldered on. The body was engraved, and the interior gilt.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 25 KING STREET/STEPHEN SMITH & SON * COVENT GARDEN, LONDON
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Retailer's inscription
  • Text: 3359
  • Location: Immediately below the word LONDON
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's or retailer's mark
  • Text: SS
  • Location: On the rim to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the rim to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head

  • Location: On the rim to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark
  • Text: t
  • Location: On the rim to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: On the rim to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1989
Primary reference Number: 119271
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 January 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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