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    Posted 6 years ago

    kiwipaul
    (117 items)

    Shown above is a sterling silver Chalice, and matching Jugs (one is sterling silver, the other is silverplate). The jugs are 9 inches high, and the chalice is about 10 inches.

    The Chalice is one of the earliest known items of Celtic Revival silverware, being hallmarked for Frederick Elkington, Birmingham, 1876, while the sterling silver Jug is hallmarked 1887.

    These were probably designed for Elkington by Christopher Dresser (1834 - 1904), the famous Victorian industrial designer.

    I found one of these pieces on eBay in the early 2000's, and over the next year or so picked up the other two. Never seen another since.

    At the time I researched these to death to try and prove they were by Dresser, and put together these web pages so I could correspond with people about them: http://theholygrail.com/Celtic1.htm

    Dresser has gone off the boil a bit these days, however I still like his stuff, and I have soft spots for Celtic Revival items and interesting silverware, so these continue to tick lots of boxes for me.

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    Comments

    1. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      great objects
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      ASTONISHING OBJECTS !!!!
      Thanks for sharing them !!!
      WOW !!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Are they ecclesiastical ?
      Is the chalice gold plated inside ??
    4. floridapicker1955, 6 years ago
      I love your silver pieces thank you for sharing!!!!!?!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Superb pieces, astonishing one silver and one plated. You had great luck to find the second one :-)
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Well, I'm impressed! Thanks for sharing & brightening my day. (Drool) Damn, I've got to keep that drool rag closer to my keyboard!
    7. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi vetraio50, the chalice is not gilded inside. I don't think these were specifically ecclesiastical pieces, but could've been put to that use.

      The chalice doesn't have an Elkington & Co. model number and may have been a special order. Its date of 1876 is early, as the main run of Dresser items for Elkington & Co didn't come out until 1885.

      The jugs however are members of the numbered series of decanters and water jugs designed by Dresser for Elkington & Co., that came out in 1885.

      These ones are really nice to use as water jugs for your favourite tipple. The model obviously enjoyed some success in the market as they went on to produce them in silverplate.
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Thanks KIWIPAUL !!!
      If no gilding then definitely not ecclesiastical.

    9. surfdub66 surfdub66, 6 years ago
      These are AWSOME!!!!!!!!!
      I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO FIND SOME OF THESE !! :-)

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