George II Antique Silver Cream Boat


Stock: 10147

Date: 1749

Maker: John Jacob

Country: England

This pretty little jug is perfect for pouring milk, cream and sundry cold sauces. A fantastic quality serving piece of...

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This pretty little jug is perfect for pouring milk, cream and sundry cold sauces. A fantastic quality serving piece of plain oval form, typical of the George II period, with a shaped border, flying scroll handle in the form of an eagle’s head and three dolphin feet. The cast silver mounts are finely modelled and very realistic. To the front is a large decorative cartouche containing a hand engraved coat of arms.

Weight 190 grams, 6.1 troy ounces.
Height 9.4cm (to top of handle). Spread 15cm. Width 7.3cm.
London 1749.
Maker John Jacob.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. The silver cream boat is a small sauceboat suitable for milk or cream. The antique silver sauceboat made its first appearance in the early 1700’s. The original form had two lips, one at each end, with two scroll handles and a spreading foot. This was quickly followed by the single lip form and by the 1740s nearly all examples had the traditional three feet. Usually oval, they were very occasionally octagonal or circular, and were originally intended for cold sauces.

Provenance: The residual contents of Bixley Manor, Norfolk. Home of the late Sir Timothy Colman KG (1929-2021) and his wife Lady Mary Colman (née Bowes-Lyon), niece of the Queen Mother.


In very good condition. Nice colour.

Maker Information

Maker: John Jacob

John Jacob, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. Huguenot. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1734. 2nd mark 1739. Married Anne, daughter of Augustin Courtauld. His work includes a fine pair of candlesticks in the Ashmolean Museum and many good quality rococo baskets, candlesticks and hollowware.

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