Baltimore silver covered jug – £6500 at Bonhams.

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Samuel Kirk (1793-1872) is perhaps the best-known proponent of the style but competition was provided by Andrew Ellicott Warner Sr (1786-1870).

His firm was the maker of this extraordinary covered jug standing 13in (33cm) high, weighing 57oz and chased all over with a variety of motifs including oriental temples, junk boats.

Exceptional for its large size, it was made c.1845 for the Edmondson family of Baltimore.

It came for sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge (26/25% buyer’s premium) on October 20 as part of a group of pieces of American 19th century silver consigned by a family descendent. The hammer price of £6500 was within expectations.