Exceptional Victorian sterling silver claret jug, Sheffield, 1872.

11 7/8inches high.

Weighs 30oz.

Round domed base with repousse floral and scrolling patterns.

Ovoid body richly chased and engraved with panels of repousse trailing vines, grapes & leaves and c-scrolls, the latter forming a large cartouche front and back with gargoyle/mask heads above them.

Elegant rounded neck leads to marvellous bill-like spout with conforming hinged lid.

Beaded rim.

Atop this is a 4-sided finial with moulded dog/lion heads.

The handle is in the Classical Grecian style with a superbly moulded female head on it's top corner.

Hallmarks : Maker HH & JEB (John Edward Bingham for Walker and Hall, Sheffield), Crown (Sheffield), lion passant, date letter E and monarch's head in profile.

Excellent condition.


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