Here at AC Silver we are pleased to be able to offer a large collection of antique and vintage silver jugs in many types and styles.
Our range of silver jugs includes items created in the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras, as well as some more vintage twentieth century pieces.
Andrew Campbell, using his 40 years’ experience within the antique industry, handpicks all antique silverware, for sale.
AC Silver offer a 14-day return policy, and include a free shipping with all vintage and antique silver jugs.
The derivation of the word ‘jug’ is from the Middle English word ‘jugge’ used to describe a large rounded vessel, usually with a handle and narrow neck, used to hold and serve liquid.
Wealthy Ancient Greeks and Romans stored their wine and oil in silver jugs because both lasted longer when stored in such vessels.
In Europe, pottery jugs became popular in the medieval period, 400 AD – 1500’s. At this time they had tall curved forms and were known as baluster jugs. English potters were influenced by French craftsmen, and this was reflected in the designs produced.
Greek oenochoes in 2000 BC were graceful pottery jugs, the style of which was revived in Europe during the Renaissance period (14th-17th century).
Small silver jugs for either milk or cream appeared in the early 18th century, along with the ubiquitous Toby jug, a character jug, originally taking the form of a seated male figure wearing a three cornered hat.
Silver cream jugs were also referred to as ‘creamers’ or ‘cream pots’.
Claret jugs were elegant vessels glass, silver or combination of glass and silver, specifically designed to hold decanted wine in the early 19th century.
A flagon is a pouring vessel with a tall neck. It acquired the name around 1640. It is a vessel that holds a drink of some kind, whether that is ale, wine, or water.
A flagon may be plain, engraved, gilt, or chased. It typically has a single scrolling handle, and a hinged lid, equipped with finial and thumbpiece. The lid of a flagon is often domed or even cushion shaped. The body is often barrel, cylindrical or drum shaped.
A flagon is usually able to hold a volume of 1.1 litres – 2 Imperial Unit. The word ‘flagon’ has also been used to describe volume, e.g. ‘a flagon of wine’. However, it is difficult to discern precisely how much a flagon measurement is. Perhaps it refers to the typical volume of a flagon, in which case it would be the aforementioned 1.1 Litres.
Historically, a flagon was used to serve, and then replenish wine at a dining table. They hold special significance in Christianity; this is because a flagon is often used in communion or the Eucharist. The flagon is used to replenish the wine in a communion cup or chalice.