Posted 8 years ago
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.