A Fine Early George III Beer Jug

William Cripps
7.75" (19.5 cm) high
26 oz

The plain baluster body raised on a turned and cast foot, the front engraved with a contemporary crest beneath a "sparrow-beak" type spout. The back of the body with a leaf-capped "s" scroll handle.


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Silver beer jugs are some of the most attractive pieces to have been made in the 18th century. However, it is surprisingly hard to find one that hasn't been de-chased or hasn't had re-engraved armorials. These are usually coupled with a poor surface colour and patination. This jug, by contrast, has a superb surface and is in great condition. The original hammer marks are still clearly visible on the inside where the jug was raised up from a flat piece of silver. The engraved armorials are probably those of Cutler.