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Sterling Silver and Glass Claret Jug - Antique Victorian (1897)

A magnificent, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver and glass claret jug; an addition to our silver jug collection

SKU: A8000

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This magnificent antique Victorian English sterling silver and glass Cellini style claret jug has a ewer shaped form onto a circular pedestal foot.

The waisted neck of this Victorian claret jug is embellished with exceptional chased foliate decoration accented scrolling strapwork and incorporating chased decorated figural masks, all on a matte background; there is a large secondary mask to the underside of the pouring lip.

The neck terminates with a plain, knopped waisted portion to a broad band of six chased alternating grotesque figural medallions accented with scrolling leaf decoration and segmented with plain convex fluted designs.

The lower portion of the body is further embellished with a segmented band incorporating chased decorated busts accented with foliate designs.

The magnificent central glass portion of the jug is ornamented with etched strapwork designs encompassing mask and thistle designs, all flanked with scrolling decoration.

The decoration to the etched glass body incorporates suspended floral festoons and supported grazing livestock.

This impressive example of Victorian silverware is fitted with a domed hinged hallmarked cover, embellished with large scrolling leaf designs on a matte background and surmounted with an exceptional cast sterling silver finial.

This fine antique claret jug is fitted with an imposing cast sterling silver S scroll handle embellished with a figurehead ornament to the upper portion in addition to strapwork and fluted designs to the handpiece.

The knopped circular pedestal foot is embellished with a band of chased decoration reflecting a simplified style to the upper portion of the body, all above a foliate festoon accented with further mask designs.

The interior of this magnificent example of antique Victorian glassware retains the original gilding.

Cellini style jugs combining solid silver and glass components are rare to the market; this piece is the finest example of its type you could hope to acquire.

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Date: 1897


This Victorian claret jug is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The glass portion is in perfect condition.

The chased and cast decoration is very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the body and part hallmarks struck to the interior of the cover are very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this piece of Victorian silverware.


Height to top of handle 31.3cm/12.3"

Length from back of handle to lip 18cm/7.1"

Diameter of body 11.2cm/4.4"

Diameter of foot 9cm/3.5"


Not measurable due to glass body

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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