1761 George III Sterling Silver Ale Jug by W & R Peaston


A very nice looking very early George III Sterling silver Ale Jug.

The jug has the similar shape to similar period stoneware ale jugs, with the horizontal reeding around the neck. The body has been decorated with repousse Adams style bosses and garlands. The base has the London Assay marks for Sterling silver (925) and the date stamp 1761. The maker’s mark is that for William & Robert Peaston, a silversmith whose work is in the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Condition is good, with a few small bruises. For some obscure reason, the jug has been has been resubmitted to the London Assay Office in 2018, and they have added new small hallmarks. They deserve the wrath of all collectors, because the have thought fit to put Xs on the original hallmarks. Luckily the old hallmarks can still be easily read.

Size: 14 x 9 x 13.5 cm (5 ½ x 3 ½ x 5 ¼ inches)
Weight: 376 g