A Victorian Antique Silver Argyle
A Victorian Antique Silver Argyle

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Antique Silver Victorian Argyle made in 1889


An antique silver argyle which stands on a round foot with a rope border. The vase-shaped main body also has the same rope border.

Date 1889
Made By Alexander Smith
Location London
Stock Number W3x6

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Maker: Alexander Smith

An antique silver argyle which stands on a round foot with a rope border. The vase-shaped main body also has the same rope border.

This example has a hinged, high domed cover terminating with a ball finial, a plain neck spout and fruitwood handle.

The argyle has a central heating chamber to keep the contents hot.

This piece is engraved on the lid with the crest of the Lyle family.

Dimensions: height to finial 23 cm

John Campbell, the fifth Duke of Argyll, and his wife, Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, hated the way that gravy arrived cold to their table from the kitchens of their Inveraray Castle during the cold Scottish winters.

The Duke (1723 – 1806), succeeding his father, the fourth Duke of Argyll in 1770, was the promoter of a new piece of tableware designed to maintain the warmth of the gravy in its vessel. This, with a bit of imagination, was the origin of a warmer called ‘argyle’ (silver argyle, silver argyll) in honour of the noble family that first made a wide use of this device.

Silver argyle (silver argyll) is a gravy-warmer made in various shapes – similar to a covered coffee pot with one handle and one spout. The gravy is kept warm by means of hot water contained in a compartment created by a double exterior wall.

Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith, Spencer Street, Birmingham. Registered March, 1954. Dissolved 1990.

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