This exceptional antique German sterling silver cream jug has been realistically modelled in the form of an 18th century Frenchman's head.
The embossed body of the jug is embellished with chased decoration replicating the fine details of the gentleman's hair and facial features.
The flared upper portion of the jug is embellished with a simple paralleling border, and the shape pertains to a continental/cocked hat.
This fine Hanau silver cream jug is fitted with a C shaped handle modelled in the form of the male's tied braid.
This novelty antique cream jug retains the original gilded interior which has wear in keeping with age.
The Pseudo hallmarks struck to the underside and import hallmarks to the rim of this impressive jug include:
Maker's mark: Pseudo KKK (Karl Kurz*)
Importer's mark: TH (Theodor Hartmann*)
Silver quality/purity mark: Lion passant (.925 sterling, 925/1000)
Assay mark: Leopard head (London, England)
Import date mark: g (1902)
Additional mark: F (foreign manufacture mark), Hanau hallmarks
* The importer Theodor Hartmann operated from Paternoster Row in London and was the agent for K.Kurz who manufactured items of silverware in Kesselstadt, Germany.
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