A classic style antique sterling silver gravy jug with a pull off lid and original plaited cane handle. Lovely plain style and pear shaped form. It has an exterior flap and double skin warming chamber. Hand engraved crest to the front. Capacity 250 ml. Weight 400 grams, 12.8 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. London 1832. Maker William Eaton.
This delightful little collectors piece is in very good condition. The engraved crest is still crisp. It has a full set of English silver hallmarks on the bottom rim and is part marked underneath the lid (makers mark badly struck). Still very functional. There is some discoloration to the some parts of the body - probably the argyle has had some dents removed in the past.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of these items.
An argyle is a gravy-warmer similar in shape to a covered coffee pot. The gravy is kept warm by various means. It is named after John Campbell (1723-1806), the fifth Duke of Argyll who hated the way that gravy arrived cold to the table from his kitchens at Inverary Castle during the cold Scottish winters. Argyles were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.