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Jugs, Ewers & Decanters

Browse our collection of antique silver Jugs, Ewers and Drinks Sets dating from the 17th century.

Beer and Water Jugs
Claret Jugs
Wine Jugs and Ewers
Drinks and Decanter Sets

The earliest form of silver flagon used for serving wine, beer and other cold drinks dates from the late 16th century, and the handsome baluster jugs followed shortly after in circa 1720.

Silver wine jugs with hinged lids were introduced in the late 18th century.

In the late 1800s stylish crystal Decanters with silver mounts became popular, sometimes two or three decanters would be fitted into a handsome wooden or silver Tantalus holder and complete Drinks sets would incorporate a silver tray, jug and matching goblets.

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Jugs, Ewers & Decanters

Browse our collection of antique silver Jugs, Ewers and Drinks Sets dating from the 17th century.

Beer and Water Jugs
Claret Jugs
Wine Jugs and Ewers
Drinks and Decanter Sets

The earliest form of silver flagon used for serving wine, beer and other cold drinks dates from the late 16th century, and the handsome baluster jugs followed shortly after in circa 1720.

Silver wine jugs with hinged lids were introduced in the late 18th century.

In the late 1800s stylish crystal Decanters with silver mounts became popular, sometimes two or three decanters would be fitted into a handsome wooden or silver Tantalus holder and complete Drinks sets would incorporate a silver tray, jug and matching goblets.

  • Circa 1630

     

    9584 Early Swedish Antique Silver Jug

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    A good early date. An antique silver wine jug of octagonal form on a shaped detachable foot. Decorated with matted background between plain gilded bands (gilding worn). Good gauge silver. Gilt interior. Engraved to the front “Signum Fidei”. The hinged cover has a later English coat of arms (probably Weldon of Swanscombe, Kent). Weight 681 grams, 21.8 troy ounces. Height 20.5 cm. Spread 16.5 cm. Circa 1630. Maker possibly Peter Hennig, Linkoping Sweden.

  • 1707

    Nathaniel Lock

    8206 Antique Queen Anne Silver Wine Jug

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    An excellent antique silver covered jug of plain form with a cast and applied foot and handle. Britannia standard silver*. Very heavy quality. This type of jug would have been used for serving wine, beer or other cold liquids. To the front is a contemporary hand engraved armorial within a decorative fish scale cartouche. The spout has a hinged cover with hand engraved initials “W over I*M”; these initials are repeated underneath the foot. The handle has the initial “A” over some indistinct initials, possibly “I*M”, which would indicate a marriage. Contains 1525 ml. Weight 1203 grams, 38.6 troy ounces. Height 29.5 cms. Diameter of foot 10.5 cms. London 1707. Maker Nathaniel Lock.

  • 1725

    William Lukin

    7804 Antique George I Silver Flagon

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    A magnificent early English silver lidded flagon with a tall vertical sided body on a spreading base. Britannia standard silver*. Good plain design. Uninscribed. The graceful curved handle has a large cast and scrolled thumb piece and a heart shaped bottom terminal. Contains 1500 ml. Weight 1356 grams, 43.6 troy ounces. Height 32 cms (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 9.5 cms (top), 8 cms (base). London 1725. Maker William Lukin.

  • 1730

    Peze Pilleau

    9196 George II Silver Covered Beer Jug

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    A rare early English sterling silver jug with a hinged lid. This handsome jug has a plain design with cast foot and handle and to the front there is a hand engraved armorial with the motto “Post Tenebras Lux”. This is an impressive jug and very heavy quality. Excellent colour. Contains 2 litres. Weight 1259 grams, 40.4 troy ounces. Height 26 cms. Spread 17 cms. Base diameter 11 cms. Marked on lid and base for London 1730. Maker Peze Pilleau, a good Huguenot maker.

  • 1736

    Richard Gosling

    9699 George II Antique Silver Beer Jug

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    A classic antique silver jug of baluster form on a plain circular cast foot. Sparrow beak lip. To the front is an expansive armorial within a decorative cartouche. Excellent colour. Useful for serving cold drinks such as beer, wine or water. Contains 1000 ml. Weight 686 grams, 22 troy ounces. Height 19cm (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 17cm. Diameter 8.8 cm. London 1736. Maker Richard Gosling. Sterling silver.

  • 1738

    Richard Bayley

    8765 George II Silver Beer Jug

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    A handsome antique sterling silver jug of baluster shape on a plain circular cast foot. Hand engraved to the front with an armorial. Contains 950 ml. Weight 645 grams, 20.7 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. Spread 14.5 cms. London 1738. Makers Richard Bayley.

  • 1752

    Phillips Garden

    8753 George II Silver Beer Jug

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    An outstanding quality antique sterling silver jug of tall bellied shape on a circular foot. Large and heavy. Good for beer, water or wine. With a deep embossed decoration of flowers, foliage and scrolls, the under-lip has a large face mask. To the front is a cartouche containing a hand engraved family coat of arms, to the reverse there is a family crest. Gilded inside. Contains 2600 ml. Weight 1752 grams, 56.30 troy ounces. Height 27 cms. Spread 27 cms. London 1752. Maker Philip Garden, known as an admirable exponent of the rococo style.

  • 1763

    John Eaton

    9229 George III Silver Beer Jug

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    A classic antique sterling silver jug of baluster shape on a plain circular cast foot. Good plain style. Large capacity. Sparrow beak lip. Hand engraved to the front is an armorial contained within a decorative cartouche. Contains 1600 ml. Weight 867 grams, 27.8 troy ounces. Height 22 cm. Spread 19 cm. London 1763. Maker John Eaton.

  • 1771

    Charles Wright

    9367 George III Antique Silver Beer Jug

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    A classic antique sterling silver jug of baluster shape on a broad gadrooned foot. Good plain style. Large size, suitable for water. Scroll handle with acanthus leaf mount. Large capacity. Contains 1270 ml. Weight 761 grams, 24.4 troy ounces. Height 22 cm. Spread 18 cm. London 1771. Maker Charles Wright.

  • Circa 1779

    John Scofield

    8268 Georgian Silver Wine Ewer by John Scofield

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    A fine antique sterling silver wine jug in the elegant classical style typical of this well regarded maker. With a tall shapely form on a pedestal foot and curved wooden handle with discreetly decorated end mounts. To the body there is a central band with bead borders, the lid and foot are similarly decorated. To the front there is a large hand engraved crest of a lion rampant. Contains 1200 ml. Weight 775 grams, 24.9 troy ounces. Height 31 cms (top of handle). Spread 16 cms. Diameter of base 10.25 cms. London 1779. Maker John Scofield.

  • 1779

    Robert Hennell I

    9760 George III Antique Silver Jug

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    A handsome antique sterling silver beer jug (or water jug) of baluster shape with a hinged cover and bead borders. Excellent heavy gauge and patina. Contains 686 ml. Weight 679 grams, 22 troy ounces. Height 22.5cm (to top of finial). Spread 15cm. London 1779. Maker Robert Hennell I.

  • Circa 1787

    John Scofield

    6689 Georgian Silver Wine Ewer by John Scofield

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    A fine antique sterling silver wine jug in the elegant classical style typical of this well regarded maker. With a tall shapely form on a pedestal foot and curved wooden handle with discreetly decorated end mounts. Weight 830 grams, 26.6 troy ounces. Contains 850 ml. Height 28.5 cms. Spread 15.5 cms. London 1787. Maker John Scofield.

  • 1788

    John Scofield

    8875 Georgian Silver Wine Ewer by John Scofield

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    A fine antique sterling silver wine jug in the elegant classical style typical of this well regarded maker. Excellent quality and weight. With a tall shapely form on a pedestal foot and curved wooden handle with discreetly decorated end mounts. The body is half fluted below a central reeded band. To the front there is a hand engraved coat of arms with the motto below “Vis Unita Fortior” – “United Strength is Stronger”. On the lid there is a hand engraved crest. Contains 1300 ml. Weight 1036 grams, 33.3 troy ounces. Height 33 cms (top of handle). Spread 16.2 cms. London 1788. Maker John Scofield.

  • 1798

    Paul Storr

    6876 George III Silver Jug by Paul Storr

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    A fine antique silver jug by this highly sought after English maker. Very plain design with a slightly hammered finish. In the form of a 5th century BC Etruscan beaked oinochoe. Heavy gauge silver. With a hand engraved crest of a lion to the front. Weight 636 grams, 20.4 troy ounces. Contains 800 ml. Height 17 cms. Spread 17 cms. London 1798. Maker Paul Storr.

  • 1801

    Hampston & Prince

    8182 Antique York Silver Beer Jug

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    A rare piece of English provincial silver. A large and impressive antique sterling silver jug of bellied shape on a flat foot, having a plain body and squared handle. The top and spout have decorative borders and broad bands of foliage, chains and dot engraving. To the front there is a hand engraved foliate cartouche containing a monogram of entwined initials in old fashioned script. Excellent patina and hand beaten finish. Contains 2450 ml. Weight 773 grams, 24.8 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Spread 21.75 cms. Diameter of top 10 cms. London 1801. Maker Hampston, Princes & Cattles. It is rare to find both the York town and makers mark.

  • 1804

    James Dempster

    9280 Georgian Silver Water Jug

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    Scottish silver. An antique sterling silver jug of large size. Excellent plain form with lower body ribbed design and standing on a square pedestal foot. Gilt interior. Wooden handle insulators. Contains 1800 ml. Weight 1074 grams, 34.5 troy ounces. Height 28.5 cms. Spread 21 cm. Foot 11 cm square. Edinburgh 1804. Maker James Dempster.

  • 1824

    Robert Hennell I & Samuel Hennell

    7642 GeorgeIV Antique Silver Jug

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    A large antique sterling silver jug with graceful curved shape and plain design. With half fluted ribbing and impressive leaf decorated handle. Excellent weight and good gauge silver. There is an inscription inside the base rim “Presented to Mrs Henry Kermit by Robert Kermit on his return from England 1825”. Contains 1700 ml. Weight 1394 grams, 44.8 troy ounces. Height 30 cm. Spread 20.5 cm. London 1824. Maker Robert Hennell II.

  • 1829

    Paul Storr

    7644 George III Silver Wine Ewer

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    A superb antique sterling silver wine jug with a shaped vase form on spreading pedestal foot. Fantastic quality from top to toe, just as you’d expect from this prestigious English master silversmith. With a cast decorative top finial, thick knotted handle, large applied vine leaves to the lower body and a heavy cast silver foot. Wrapped around the body are 2 bands of ornate gilt silver vine leaves and a curious feature is the lower band, which covers the silver hallmarks, but can be detached by unscrewing the central vine leaf. The inner lid and inside the jug also have the original gilt finish. Contains 1200 ml. Weight 969 grams, 31.1 troy ounces. Height 29 cms. Spread 18 cms. London 1829. Maker Paul Storr.

  • 1834

    Paul Storr

    8734 Antique Silver Wine Ewer by Paul Storr

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    A superb antique sterling silver wine jug with a shaped vase form on spreading pedestal foot. Fantastic quality from top to toe, just as you’d expect from this prestigious English master silversmith. The decoration is superb with cast applied mounts, lid finial and embossed foot, all with a vine leaf and grape decoration. The lower body is leaf wrapped. Contains 1100 ml. Weight 995 grams, 31.9 troy ounces. Height 29.5 cms. Spread 17 cms. London 1834. Maker Paul Storr.

  • 1841

    William Gough

    8706 Antique Silver Claret Jug

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    A stylish Victorian period silver claret jug with a clear crystal body etched with a band of swags and Greek key pattern borders. The sterling silver mount has a decorative pierced top, shell pouring lip and finial, and a very smart geometric design handle decorated all over. Contains 820 ml. Height 24 cms. Birmingham 1841. Maker William Gough.

  • 1855

    Elkington

    9228 Antique Silver Ascos Jug

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    An excellent quality Victorian sterling silver jug in the classical Greek ascos form. Part gilded, the lid is mounted with cast figural rams and has a concealed hinge; the ornamental curved handle finishes with a putti at the base. The liquid pours from a semi concealed aperture at the front. Hand engraved to the base is a family crest, monogram and presentation inscription. Contains 1070 ml. Weight 974 grams, 31.3 troy ounces. Height 21 cm. Spread 20 cm. Birmingham 1855. Made by Elkington & Co.

  • 1856

    John Figg

    9043 Antique Silver Claret Jug

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    A stunning quality 19th century engraved crystal claret jug with decorative silver mount and pedestal foot. Very elegant design. Original gilt finish. The jug has a detachable silver grape stopper, a graceful bacchus and cherub design handle, and classical motifs to the mount. The crystal glass body has an excellent quality grapevine engraved design. Height 40.5 cms. Spread 12.5 cms. Marked on each piece for London 1856. Maker John Figg.

  • 1858

    Hunt & Roskell

    9500 Antique Silver Hunting Jug

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    Of sporting interest. A Victorian sterling silver flagon with hinged lid and scroll handle. The body has a deep relief hunting scene with horses and riders hunting to hounds. The lid has a dog finial. Gilt interior. Contains 1400 ml. Weight 1039 grams. Height 26.5cm. Spread 21.5cm. London 1858. Maker Hunt & Roskell, late Storr & Mortimer.

  • Circa 1860

     

    8722 Antique French Silver Claret Jug

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    A stunning quality 19th century cut crystal claret jug with decorative silver mount and pedestal foot. Very elegant design. Original gilt inside the lid. The jug has a silver swan finial and a graceful curving swan design handle. There are additional swan themes within the pierced silver body decoration. The crystal glass body has excellent quality deep cut designs and heavy crisscross work. Contains 690 ml. Height 32.5 cms. Spread 13.5 cms. Marked around the top silver mount with French silver stamps. 950 grade. Circa 1860/70.

  • Circa 1870

     

    8918 French Silver Claret Jugs

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    A pair of excellent quality 19th century cut crystal claret jugs with decorative silver mount and pedestal foot. The silver has reed and ribbon borders and pierced decoration with flowers and foliage, the lid has a pretty leaf finial. The cut crystal has 4 engraved panels. Each contains 975 ml. Height 32cm. Marked on lid, top mount and under the base with a French silver stamps. 950 grade. Circa 1870.

  • 1872

    John Grinsell & Sons

    9531 Antique Silver Claret Jug

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    A decorative antique sterling silver wine jug of elegant form. The crystal body has criss cross cutting and a star cut base. The silver mount has engraved and embossed decoration. The inside of the lid is gilded. Contains 1000 ml. Height 27 cm. Spread 12 cm. London 1872. Maker John Grinsell & Sons.

  • 1874

    Martin Hall and Co

    8421 Victorian Silver Lemonade Jug

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    A handsome antique silver jug. Large capacity. The engraved silver mount has a bead border and an additional strengthening band around the lower body. The crystal glass body has straight tapering sides with criss cross cutting and a star cut base. Suitable for most cold drinks. Heavy weight. Contains 2.5 litres. Height 29cm. Spread 21.5cm. Diameter of base 14.5cm. London 1874. Maker Martin Hall.

  • 1877

    John Smyth Of Dublin

    6475 Irish Victorian Silver Armada Jug

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    A magnificent large antique sterling silver wine jug of elegant shaped form on pedestal foot. The hinged lid, with ornate flower finial, opens by squeezing the handle mechanism. Beautifully chased with flowers, swirls and leaves, the jug has a cartouche to both sides, one with an engraved crest and motto to the centre. To the front there is an applied leopards head and both sides of each cartouche there is a winged figure. Weight 1387 grams, 44.5 troy ounces. Tall height 38 cms. Diameter of foot 12.5 cms. Dublin 1877. Maker John Smith.

  • Circa 1880

     

    5113 Victorian Silver Plated Decanter Wagon

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    An amazing after dinner talking piece. A good antique silver plated trolley coaster with plain styling and armorial crest engraved to the centre. Articulated wheels, fixed carriage. Perfect fit for a pair of large antique decanters – see photo. Decanters not included in the price. Length 39 cms. Diameter 13 cms (inside measurement). Unmarked. English. Circa 1880.

  • 1882

    Heath And Middleton

    7857 Antique Silver Claret Jug

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    A stylish Arts and Crafts period claret jug with a clear glass body and plain sterling silver mount. Excellent plain form and geometric silver. Contains 1000 ml. Height 20.5 cms. Spread 12.5 cms. London 1882. Maker Heath and Middleton.

  • 1884

    Martin Hall and Co

    9492 Antique Silver Jug

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    A Victorian sterling silver jug of globular form with half ribbed decoration to the body. Good size suitable as a water jug. Contains 1050 ml. Weight 535 grams, 17.2 troy ounces. Height 15.5 cm. Diameter of top 10.2cm. Spread 19cm. London 1884. Maker Martin, Hall & Co.

  • 1885

    Martin Hall and Co

    9832 Victorian Silver Armada Jug

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    A magnificent large antique sterling silver wine jug in the traditional form of an Armada jug. Very elegant design on a pedestal foot. Suitable for both hot and cold drinks. The hinged lid, with ornate flower and scroll finial, opens by squeezing the handle mechanism. Beautifully chased with flowers, scrolls and leaves, the jug has a cartouche to both sides (uninscribed). The front has an applied animals head and to either side of each cartouche there is a winged classical figure with arms extended. Weight 943 grams, 30.3 troy ounces. Height 31.5cm. Spread 14.5cm. London 1885. Maker Martin Hall.

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