A highly decorative and extremely collectable antique arts and crafts piece of expertly hand crafted copper ware. This beautifully executed footed baluster cylindrical shaped lidded jug has a very stylish leaf shaped handle which has been riveted into place. The leaf decoration was a popular motif during the arts and crafts / art nouveau period.
The top rim and foot of the body are each made of turned brass, both to stiffen the form and as a decorative feature. The main body has been made of copper sheet that has been rolled and soldered together, with an integral crisply formed sparrow beak spout. The dished base has been inserted into the foot and soldered in place both on the outside and the inside. There is an internal shoulder to locate the flat topped stepped lid that terminates with turned copper knob.
There is no maker's mark as is often the case with hand crafted items such as this, but it is similar to pieces produced by the Newlyn School, Keswick School of Industrial Arts and the Guild of Handicrafts. Some collectors may refer to this item as a coffee pot however, there is no form of insulation and it would probably be too hot to handle. We therefore think that this is an ale, wine or milk jug. This jug has the simple elegant lines of a Georgian period piece however, we believe that it dates to the late 19th century, during the reign of Queen Victoria circa 1890.
The lidded jug stands 6 3/4 inches high to the top of the handle and has a body diameter of 4 inches. It has a flat topped close fitting lid, and has a tinned interior. It weighs 452 grammes unpacked. Capacity of 1 1/4 pints.
It is in good antique condition a couple of very minor knocks and dents, it has been dropped at some time the spout has been bashed and then re-straightened, the base now leaks, and the lid handle has been reattached with solder.
This is a great item of antique Victorian 19th century decorative Arts and Crafts copper or metal ware to add to any collection.