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A Magnificent English Silver Early Victorian Railway Presentation Armada Claret Jug London 1863-4


£4,950 | $5,952 USD | €5,712 EUR
Item Number: SA809877
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Robert Belcher Antiques
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This large oversized claret jug is correctly called an armada jug. These pieces are rare because of their superior size and this fine example was made by Stephen and William Nicholson in 1863 -4. They were listed as fine silversmiths and this shows in their fine workmanship. This highly decorative piece is ornately worked throughout with flower and foliate designs. This decoration has been applied by various techniques either through fine casting or the process of hand raising the design which is then finely finished with chasing and engraving for the finishing detail. At the top, the hinged lid has a superb dolphin and maiden finial for opening. The interior retains its original gilding. This piece was made for presentation and would be of great interest to collectors of fine silver or of railway interest.
It was presented to James Constantine Marillier by the employees on the Eastern Bengal Railway Contract in token of their esteem and their names are listed in two columns, one on each side. In the centre, there is a fabulous hand engraved view of the newly constructed railway bridge crossing a large river. This exceptional piece is in very good condition.
Robert Belcher Antiques is a high quality antiques shop, which also offers picture framing and restoration services. The company is based in Droitwich Spa, the medieval Worcestershire town made famous by salt production.
The business is run by husband and wife team, Robert and Wendy Belcher, and has been established since 1984. The show rooms are situated in a detached Georgian double fronted town house, which has a private forecourt for the benefit of customer parking.
The M5 motorway means access is convenient, as the show rooms are located only 3 miles off Junction 6. The business can be found half a mile prior to reaching Droitwich Spa town centre on the main A38 road. If using a SAT-NAV, please use the post code WR9 8AN.
Robert Belcher sources a range of interesting stock both nationally and internationally. The stock is always of a high quality and Robert prides himself on the authenticity and excellence of all items held for sale.
The business specialises in fine 18th century and early 19th century town furniture mainly in Walnut and Mahogany, which is displayed in the four showrooms. The showrooms also contain an interesting mix of rare objects and interesting, decorative items that would complement most collections or interiors.
Enquiries including payment, collection, postage or delivery can be made by contacting Robert Belcher Antiques on 07929011224 or 01905 772320. The business can also be contacted via email using:
General shop opening days are Monday Saturday, if making a special journey please feel free to contact the business in advance to confirm opening hours.

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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 39 cm (15.4")
Width = 23 cm (9.1")
Depth = 20 cm (7.9")

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Robert Belcher Antiques
128 Worcester Road
Droitwich Spa
United Kingdom

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