c1920 Gilbeys Dry Gin & Spey Royal Hand Blown Jug


A very rare and handsome looking hand blown water jug, that was made to advertise Gilbey’s Dry Gin and Gilbey’s Spey Royal Whisky.

The jug is in clear glass with a pinched rim to make the spout. The base has the ground and polished pontil, which is evidence of it not having been moulded. The water jug is decorated with the Gilbey’s crest of a Wyvern inside a Tower, and ‘GILBEY’S Dry Gin’ on one side, and ‘GILBEY’S Spey Royal’ on the other. The water jug must have been produced in very low numbers as we cannot find evidence of another example. Condition is near mint.

In 1872, Walter and Alfred Gilbey began to produce Gilbey’s London Dry Gin in their own distillery. By the 1930s the business was such a success that distilleries were opened in Australia and Canada. They began to concentrate on blended Scotch whisky alongside Gilbey’s gin when they bought into the Aberdeen blending firm of James Catto & Co., in 1916. and Spey Royal blend was launched soon after.

Size: 15 x 10 x 18.5 cm (5 7/8 x 4 x 7 ¼ inches)
Weight: 661 g