Superb Antique Silver And Pressed Glass Shepherdess Cream Pail, Sheffield, 1878 For SaleDescription: A superb antique silverand pressed glass cream pail, with pastoral scenes of a shepherdess
Assay Office: SheffieldYear: 1878
Maker:Sowerby/Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes & Barber
Dimensions: 200g, 6cm (w), 10cm (l), 13cm (h,including handle)
Condition(out of 5, where 3 is the average condition expected of an item of its age and function): 4-Very good, with good marks and little sign of use or wear beyond some minor surface scratching, a couple of discoloured spots, and a couple of tiny nicks to the glasswork.
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On 08-Apr-13 at 11:30:22 BST, seller added the following information:
I have recently been told more about this item by aknowledgeable er who has kindly allowed me to share his thoughts:
I thought you might like to know that this is Sowerby pattern 1263, and it appears on page 5 of their pattern book IX (1882). Presumably there is no diamond registry mark to the glass, because it appears to be an unregistered design. The design obviously dates from 1878 or earlier due to the silver hallmark, and post 1876 (because this was when Sowerby first started using the peacock head trademark).
The decoration probably shows Little Bo Peep looking for her sheep (after one of Walter Crane’s illustrations).
Although pattern numbers were not always allocated in strict chronological order, it would appear that pattern 1263 would have been allocated somewhere between 18 September 1877 and 30 November 1877.
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