ANTIQUE SILVER CREAM JUGS
Antique Silver cream jugs Description:
A type of small jug or pitcher for pouring cream or milk at the table.
Antique Silver cream jugs History:
The earliest known cream or milk jugs were made in the early 1700s as the popularity of tea increased. They were made throughout the Georgian and Victorian periods, and are still being made today.
Antique Silver cream jugs Design:
The earliest known examples were very plain with a bellied body, scroll handle, low collet foot, sparrow-beak, and scroll handle. Later designs included three feet, or a single more elongated pedestal foot. The bodies were often hand-chased or engraved. Later on in the Victorian period more ornate designs were introduced with gadroon and shell work on the borders and handles.
Antique Silver cream jugs Collectors Note:
Check for evidence of repairs where the foot (or feet), and the handle are attached to the body. Many were monogrammed or crested and then later erased so check to make sure that their are no thin spots. Their condition, level of craftmanship, and aesthetic qualities determine their price. Early sparrow-beak cream jugs in good condition command high values due to their rarity.