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Antique Silver Victorian Claret Jug made in 1865 with Charles Dickens Interest


An attractive Victorian antique silver claret jug with a beautifully hand chased mount and a cut-glass body with delicate floral engraved decoration.

Date 1865
Made By William & George Sissons
Location Sheffield
Stock Number W61x40

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Maker: William & George Sissons

An attractive Victorian antique silver claret jug with a beautifully hand chased mount and a cut-glass body with delicate floral engraved decoration.

On the lid of the mount there is an original inscription which says: “Fred Granville to Edward King in remembrance of Jan 2nd 1861”.

Fred Granville (see biography) was born in 1810 and was a great friend of Charles Dickens. There is still a well-known letter that exists written by Dickens to Captain Frederick Granville in 1842.

The recipient, Edward Bolton King (born in 1800), was a famous politician and well-known Member of Parliament for Warwick (see biography).

To the centre of the lid is the crest of the recipient, Edward King of Umberslade.

The jug is in excellent condition. A lovely object with an interesting history.

Dimensions: height 18.5 cm

William & George Sissons

The firm was established in Sheffield in 1786 as Roberts, Cadman & Co. The firm was managed by Samuel Roberts Jr. (son of Samuel Roberts Sr.) and George Cadman (who served his apprenticeship under Samuel Roberts Sr.). A “sleeping” partner (only financial, until c. 1794) was the Rev. Benjamin Naylor. They were active as tableware manufacturers in Eyre Street, Sheffield, in the premises owned by Samuel Roberts Sr. The partnership, with the addition of George Ingall (1816), lasted until 1826 when was succeeded by S. Roberts, Smith & Co. The partners of the new firm were Samuel Roberts Jr., his nephew Evan Smith, his cousin’s son Sidney Roberts and William Sissons.

In 1833, the partners were Samuel Roberts, Evan Smith and William Sissons. The firm Smith, Sissons & Co., which succeeded following the retirement of Samuel Roberts in 1848, was a partnership of Evan Smith and William Sissons Sr. lasting until 1858.

The business was continued by William Sissons Jr. and George Sissons under the style W & G Sissons, entering their first mark as Henry Smith in London Assay Office in 1864 (8 Duke Street, Adelphi, WC). Other marks were entered in London in 1866 by William Sisson and George Sissons (9 Eyre Street, Sheffield and 8 Duke Street) and in 1887 by Walter Sissons and Charles Sissons (75/77 St. Mary’s Road, Sheffield and later on their London Showrooms at 34 Southampton Road and 3 Charterhouse Street, Holborn Circus).

Later, the firm was converted into a Limited liability company. In 1943, the manufacturing silversmiths business was transferred to Bell Reproductions Ltd (a subsidiary firm).

Roberts & Cadman (1785) and Roberts, Smith & Co (1828) registered Old Sheffield Plate marks with the figural symbol of the “bell”. The “bell” symbol was maintained by W&C and W&G Sissons in their electroplated silverware.

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For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

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