A Heavy George II Cast Cream Jug

c. 1750
5.2" (13.2cm) High
8 oz.

The cast circular spreading foot chased with a matted band of shellwork, the ovoid body chased and embossed with large swags of bold foliage and flowers. The front with a shaped and crested cartouche flanked by leaves and scrolls. The plain waisted neck rising to chased leafy scrolls and the large double scroll leaf-capped handle applied to the back on a flamboyant shell with fish scales either side.


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For collectors of cream jugs this is an unmarked example of good quality. The imposition of a duty of sixpence per ounce in 1720 on all hallmarked silver had a twofold effect: It led to a sudden output of "Duty Dodgers" whereby marks from an old or damaged piece were cut out and soldered into a newly made piece. Secondly, it was not against the law to leave a piece unmarked which is why so many mid-18th century cream jugs were absent of marks in order to avoid the punitive tax.