An extremely rare & important George II Covered Water, Wine or Beer Jug made in London in 1743 by Jacob Marsh.
Covered Jugs from this date are exceptionally rare and this is one of the finest examples we have seen over the years. This piece stands on an applied, slightly domed, applied foot. The baluster shaped body rises to an everted rim and the scroll handle is decorated with leaf capping. The very unusual sparrow beak spout, has a hooded section and the end beautifully modelled giving the impression of a beak. The spout displays pendant drops, in sizes, below. The stepped, high domed, cover terminates in a bell finial and displays a beautiful pierced corkscrew thumb piece. The Jug is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked in the foot and with the maker's mark and sterling mark on the cover. The front of the main body is engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with Crest above issuing from a Ducal Coronet. The Arms are surrounded by a shell and foliate spray cartouche and are those of the Litton family of Ireland.
It is very unusual to find this design of jug, with a cover and hooded spout, at this date and examples are very rare. Jacon Marsh was apprentice to William Lukin and then Gabriel Sleath, which would account for his quality in both design and production. He was free on 6th November, 1731 and had workshops in Swithings Lane, when this piece was made.
Height: 10 inches, 25cm.
Length, handle to spout: 6.45 inches, 16.13cm.