George II Antique Silver Beer Jug


Stock: 10157

Date: 1749

Maker: Richard Gurney And Thomas Cooke

Country: England

A classic antique silver jug of baluster form on a plain circular cast foot, with a sparrow beak spout and...

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A classic antique silver jug of baluster form on a plain circular cast foot, with a sparrow beak spout and hand engraved crest. An attractive feature is the carved wooden handle with the lower socket in the form of a bird. Large size, heavy gauge silver and excellent patina. Useful for serving both cold and hot drinks.

Contains 1700 ml.
Weight (including wooden handle) 1273 grams, 40.9 troy ounces.
Height 23.7cm (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 19.6cm. Diameter 9.5 cm.
London 1749.
Maker Richard Gurney & Thomas Cook.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped on the underside with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. Silver Beer Jugs. These plain baluster jugs were introduced circa 1720 and remained popular for the next 50 years. They occasionally have hinged covers and make ideal water jugs for the dining table. By the end of the 18th century the jugs became very decorative and became adapted for serving wine.


This mid 18th century silver jug is in very good condition with a small amount of wear consistent with age. It has been water tested and does not leak.

Maker Information

Maker: Richard Gurney And Thomas Cooke

Richard Gurney, apprenticed to Richard Bayley 1717, free 1724. Mark entered as largeworker in partnership with Thomas Cooke II 1727. 2nd mark as Gurney and Co 1734. Livery 1737. 3rd mark 1737. 4th mark 1749. Warden 1763, 1764 and 2765. His younger brother John was apprenticed to him 1730. Thomas Cooke II, apprenticed to Richard Bayley 1719, free 1726. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1727. 2nd mark in partnership with Richard Gurney 1727. 3rd mark as Gurney and Co 1734. 4th mark 1739. 5th and 6th marks 1749 and 1750. Livery 1739. Court 1752.

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