A Good Milk George III Jug by George Gray, London 1791
A Good George III Milk Jug by George Gray, London 1791
A good George III milk jug by George Gray, London 1791. The body of this jug is hand raised to an ovoid form decorated with embossed swag and ribbon to the top half & gadrooned to the lower half of the body. Scroll handle with applied acanthus decoration. Round collar to lip. All standing on a raised, round & stepped foot. Initialled underneath.
Hallmarked for London 1791. Maker's mark George Gray overstriking Peter & Anne Bateman's maker's mark.
Marks to the base, some bruising to the body. No erasures, splits or repairs. Elegantly embossed and well made.
George Gray first entered his mark in 1782 as jeweller. Between 1779-1799 he was working out of 4 Billeter Square. His first mark appears frequently overstruck on those of Hester Bateman and her successors Peter and Anne. It seems likely that he bought extensively from them, using his maker's mark as a retailer's mark.
An interesting and collectable example of the eighteenth century silver industry and trade.