Small George III style silver child's mug

Small George III style silver child's mug

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Reference

7143

Small classic antique George III style silver child's mug with straight tapering sides and two bands of engraved concentric rings around the body, in a style that would have been popular in the late 18th century.

An ever-popular christening gift, children's silver mugs have been around for several centuries. A lidless drinking vessel with a handle, a silver child's mug was traditionally used for serving hot drinks. Although many were made in pewter, silver was the preferred material because it kept the drink hot and did not taint its taste.

Although mugs have been made in a range of graduated sizes (gill, half-pint, pint and quart being the most popular), small mugs were made specifically for children. Some 18th century boarding schools listed a mug as a mandatory item that a boy should take to school.

Most early examples of children's mugs are of a plain baluster shape, designed for their sturdiness and practicality, and in the 1760s a barrel-shaped design appeared, often simply decorated with engraved hoops.

Dimensions:

Height 74 mm / 3"
Diameter 56 mm / 2 "
Weight 118 g (3.79 troy ozs)
Year

1900

Place

London

Condition

Excellent

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