This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver and glass claret jug has a tapering cylindrical form.
The upper portion of the glass body is fitted with the original hallmarked sterling silver mount.
The mount is embellished with impressive bright cut engraved bramble and vine ornamentation.
The spout is ornamented with impressive cast and applied bird and branch design, all with a matte background and flanked with plain fret band style borders.
The plain domed hallmarked hinged cover is surmounted with an impressive urn style finial.
This antique claret jug is fitted with a reed decorated S scroll handle, featuring a scrolling lower terminal.
The exceptional cranberry coloured glass body of the jug is embellished with a cut glass and acid etched illustration depicting a stork in flight amongst plum blossom.
The base of this unusual jug is ornamented with star cut decoration to the underside.
The interior of the cover bears the retailer's mark 'Mappin Brothers, Regent St and London Bridge'.
Such cranberry-coloured glass jugs of this style are rare.
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