This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver and glass wine jug has a circular, rounded bulbous form.
The cylindrical neck of this antique jug is fitted with an impressive platin hallmarked sterling silver mount ornamented with a scalloped border to the lower portion.
The mount retains the original hinged, hallmarked domed cover surmounted with an impressive three-dimensional cross patoncé shaped finial.
This antique Victorian claret jug is fitted with an impressive handle with scrolling trifurcating terminals, ornamented with embossed trefoil leaf shaped sockets.
The plain glass body of the jug is encompassed with a further mount to the lower portion of the handle, embellished with the engraved inscription 'Glory be to God on High'.
This central mount is further ornamented with engraved foliate decoration, in addition to a matte texture to the background.
The silver and glass body surmounts a hallmarked plain circular domed, spreading foot accented with gilding to the underside; the gilding indicates the high quality of the piece.
This exceptional jug was crafted by the London silversmiths Sidney Blunt & Frederick Dendy Wray of Blunt, Wray & Co.
Such large examples of ecclesiastical jugs/ewers are rare to the market.
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Maker: Blunt, Wray & Co (S Blunt & F D Wray)