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With marks for Walter and John Barnard, London, 1882, the 8 1/4in (21cm) high jug was once the property of Lord Charles Robert Carrington who was governor of New South Wales between 1885-1890.

Kangaroos are among the rarest and most desirable of the many novelty claret jugs made in the Victorian period.

A near identical jug by Barnard resides in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney while a much larger 14in (36cm) high vessel with a glass body and silver mounts by Sampson Mordan sold for £50,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer's premium) as part of the James Walker collection at Christie's South Kensington in July 2006.

Interestingly, all of these jugs carry London date letters for 1882 - a year synonymous with victory for the Australian cricket team at The Oval and the creation of The Ashes series.

The buyer's premium at Chorley's was 17.5 per cent.