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Argyle

ca. 1800
Origin: England, Birmingham
OH: 5 3/16"; Diam. (base): 3 5/8"
Fused silverplate (Sheffield Plate) and fruitwood
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver F. Ramsey
Acc. No. 1971-87,A&B
Round, loose cover, ball finial, pearwood handle, gadrooning around bottom of body, trap door for hot water opposite spout on topside.
Label:The argyle or argyll, often resembling a small teapot or coffeepot, was used to keep gravy warm until served. Various methods were employed, such as a heated slug within a central tube or hot water within a central conical reservoir or a lower chamber. In this instance, a hot water jacket is formed between the outer wall and the inner chamber. Hot water is introduced through the small triangular lip with hinged cover opposite the spout. Possibly named for one of the eighteenth-century dukes of Argyll, their main period of popularity was during the last four decades of the century. The earliest silver argyle is a London example of 1755/56. An identical plated example by Boulton is illustrated by Bradbury.
Provenance:Mr. and Mrs. Oliver F. Ramsey, Williamsburg, Virginia
Acquired by CWF in 1971
Mark(s):Maker's mark twice on underside of base.
Inscription(s):None