A very pretty antique sterling silver jug by the sought after lady silversmith. Elegant tall vase shape with sweeping handle and square foot. Finely engraved with bright cut borders, trails of foliage and a vacant cartouche to the front. Excellent condition. Weight 114 grams, 3.6 troy ounces. Height 15.25 (to top of handle). Top 8 x 6 cms. Base 5.25 x 5 cms. London 1787. Maker Hester Bateman.
Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is probably the most well known of all English lady silversmiths and her work is highly collectible. She successfully ran her family business for thirty years following the death of her husband and was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century.