Victorian Solid Silver Hunting Jug, Elkington & Co c.1897
Antique late-19th Century Victorian impressive solid silver hunting water jug, the body profusely decorated in relief with embossed hunting scenes, depicting horse riders and hounds chasing a deer. The side applied with a handle cast as two intertwined snakes, jug supported by a cast figure of a deer, standing on a tapering base and formed as a duke’s coronet. Hallmarked English silver (925 standard), Birmingham, year 1897 (x), Maker's mark E&CoLD (Elkington & Co Ltd). The firm Elkington & Co, founded in 1815, became very popular for pioneering the electroplating and gilding techniques.
It was established in Birmingham by George Richards Elkington’s uncle. George Richards took over the business after his uncle’s death together with his cousin Henry Elkington. A third partner, Josiah Mason who manufactured pens joined the firm from 1842 to 1861, when he left. After George Richards death in 1865 his sons successfully managed the business, which operated independently as Elkington & Co. until 1963.
In 1830s Elkington & Co. were awarded the first patents for mastering the electroplating technique which consists in applying a thin coat of silver to a different metal using electricity. The process was then brought to perfection in 1840, thanks to the recent chemical discoveries of John Wright, a Birmingham surgeon. The Elkingtons quickly understood the potential of the new technology and acquired rights and patents of this improvement.
Width: 23 x 16cm
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