The cream jug or milk jug was a component of most 18th and 19th century tea and coffee sets, but the numbers coming onto the market as single units, easily outnumber those being sold as part of a setting. Silver cream jugs first appeared around 1700 as tea was becoming popular, following its introduction to Europe by the East India Company. The major ceramics manufacturers, such as Royal Doulton, Royal Crown Derby, Shelley, Royal Winton and Wedgwood all included a cream jug with their dinner and tea ware settings. Small jugs made by individual craftsman potters have also been labelled cream jugs, probably being the name most suitable for the size and style of the vessel. Cream and milk jugs mostly have a pitcher shape, with a wide pouring spout and a baluster foot or three legs.
A WMF silver plated tea service, circa 1910-1918, with beehive mark containing WMF, ostrich and G in a rhombus, comprising a coffee pot, hot water jug, covered sugar bowl and creamer of tapering straightsided form with a lappet style neck and a running bor
An antique American silver-plate cream jug, meriden Britannia Company, Meriden, Connecticut, late 19th century, the body decorated with chased and moulded fruiting foliage, factory mark and number 1957 underside. Height 12.5 cm.
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