London 1768

Script TJ in Oval Punch*, Grimwade # 3841



An early example, the cylindrical vessel with flaring foot and hinged slightly domed lid and silver acorn finial, the swan-neck pouring spout arising from the cylinder base, the sides and base having an exterior “jacket” for hot water insulation, the water-filling spout at right angles to the pouring spout with a hinged lid and marks, plain strap handle; the lid and body engraved with a viscount's coronet surmounting a script T;

the lid marked appropriately to the interior with the maker’s mark and lion passant;

the filling spout with clear (but appropriately rubbed) town, date and sterling mark,

the makers mark to the side completely rubbed out.


Note : An argyle is an insulated gravy pot, reputedly invented by the third Duke of Argyll of Scotland.  As there was a long journey to from the kitchen to the dining table, some method – in this case a jacket of hot water, or sometimes a central conical heated insulator – was ingeniously devised to keep the gravy warm.  The earliest recorded argyle dated to 1755, becoming more common after 1770.


*This mark is attributed by Grimwade to Thomas Jackson II, Thomas Jones, or Thomas Justice

 (as found on a kettle and stand, 1768, a candlestick 1766 and sweetmeat basket 1767);

also shown on www.925-1000.com listed as London, working in the 1760-1770's.

(Thomas Jones was free November 3, 1755, and a mark registered as "plateworker" in the 1773 Report list.

 His earlier registered marks are presumed in the "missing register". 

The other two silversmiths having the mark attribution are registered as "smallworkers").


Condition : Excellent condition; nicks appropriate to age and usage; no repairs or breaks visible;

one small dent to body front and several very, very minor impressions visible in images;

marks rubbed to the exterior, marks clear to the lid interior;  

the lid probably had dents removed from beneath in the late 19c (see interior of lid in images); 

the handle originally had a leather or wicker wrapping


4.25” Over Finial / Base 3.5” Wide / 6.75” Wide Total Width

17.8 oz.




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Only the Oval remains visible of the maker's mark on the spout.  The mark in the oval is clearly visible inside the lid.





Also See :


George III Matthew Boulton Old Sheffield Plate Argyle, c1810


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Early George III Silver Argyle, London, 1768, TJ in oval punch (Thomas Jones, Jackson II, or Justice)