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Newcastle. An exceptionally rare & important George II Beer Jug made in Newcastle in 1751 by James Kirkup.


The Jug stands on a stepped cast and applied circular foot which is decorated with reeding. The main body is modelled in an unusual tall, slender, baluster form and rises to an everted rim decorated with reeding. The cast sparrow beak spout, displays a protruding girdle and pendant drop below. This example has a plain scroll handle with shaped mouldings where it is attached to the main body. The front is engraved with a contemporary armorial surrounded by a Rococo shell, scroll mantling and foliate spray cartouche. The Jug is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked in the foot. It is of a very good gauge and colour. James Kirkup was an eminent Newcastle silversmith and was apprentice to the famous Eli Bilton I. This is a particularly rare example of Newcastle silver. English Provincial Beer Jugs were not made in great quantities and this is the first time we have ever seen a Newcastle example and we cannot find any illustrations in our library. The design is most unusual and certainly has a Provincial feel to it. It is certainly the rarest example of Newcastle silver we have offered in over fifty years of business.

Height: 7.75 inches, 19.38cm.

Base Diameter: 3.75 inches, 9.38cm.

Weight: 23oz.