George III Antique Silver Jug
Maker: Robert Hennell I
A handsome antique silver beer jug (or water jug) of baluster shape with a hinged cover and bead borders. Excellent...
A handsome antique 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.
Maker Robert Hennell I.
Marks. Stamped on the underside with a full set of English silver hallmarks, lion and maker’s mark to the lid.
Literature. The earliest form of flagon used for serving wine, beer and other cold drinks dates from the late 16th and early 17th century. These are extremely rare and would originally have had a companion dish or basin.
The plain baluster beer jug was introduced circa 1720 and remained popular for the next 50 years. These jugs 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.
The silver jug is in very good condition. Excellent patina.
Maker: Robert Hennell I
Hennell Family (worked from 1728). David Hennell I was apprenticed to Edward Wood 1728. Married Hannah Broomhead 1736. First mark, as largeworker 1736. The Hennell's had fifteen children of which only five reached maturity. David retired from business in 1773 and died 1785. Robert Hennell I, fifth child of David Hennell I, apprenticed to his father 1756, free 1763. 1st mark in partnership with David I 1763. 2nd similar. 3rd mark alone as smallworker 1772. 4th mark as saltmaker 1773. 5th mark in partnership with son David II as 3rd partner 1802. Robert Hennell II, son of John Hennell, elder brother of Robert Hennell I. Apprenticed to his uncle Robert Hennell I 1778, free 1785. Also apprenticed to John Houle as engraver. 1st mark entered as plateworker with Henry Nutting 1808. 2nd,3rd and 4th marks mark alone 1809,1820 and 1826. Retired 1833. Samuel Hennell, son of Robert Hennell I. 1st mark entered as third partner to his father and brother in 1802. 2nd mark with Robert Hennell only 1802. 3rd mark alone 1811. 4th mark in partnership with John Terry 1814, terminated 1816. David Hennell II, apprenticed to his father Robert Hennell I 1782, free 1789. Livery 1791. 1st mark in partnership with his father 1795. Second mark, with brother Samuel added to the partnership 1802. Resigned from Livery 1821.
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