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Cream jug

1725-1726
Origin: England, London
H(handle): 2 5/8"; H(spout): 2 19/32"; H(rim): 2 9/16" D(rim): 1 7/16"; D(body): 2 1/16"; D(base): 1 5/8"
Silver (Sterling)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1954-560
Cream jug: raised baluster-shaped body with incised molding at rim; triangular spout for pouring let in at rim; cast double-scroll handle with scroll grip and tip soldered to body below rim and to globular lower section of body; body supported on short slightly-splayed drawn and applied foot ring with molded face.
Label:Small jugs for milk or cream were late in joining the tea equipage, and it has been questioned whether the English at first added milk or cream to their tea. The earliest examples date from the reign of Queen Anne, but they are scarce before 1720. Early cream pots, such as this example, are small in size and of broad baluster form with a small triangular pouring spout and a short foot. A similar London example of 1726/27 probably by William Matthew or William Spackman (maker's mark is indistinct) is also in the Colonial Williamsburg collection (accession 1954-323).
Provenance:Garrard & Co. Ltd., London (Purchased from C.J. Vander Ltd., London, 1954)
Mark(s):Maker's mark "G.I" in block letters with a crown over a rosette above within a conforming reserve, leopard's head crowned, lion passant, and date letter on underside of base.
Inscription(s):None