Antique Sterling Silver Argyll or Argyle

Victorian Sterling Silver Argyll – Joseph Clarke 1896

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Stock Item Code: T/A/B/1/72
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• Antique Silver Argyll
• Joseph Clarke
• Year: 1896
• Victorian

Rare Victorian sterling silver Argyll by Joseph Clarke 1896. This bulbous formed Argyll contains a central vertical water housing capped with a circular lid, beaded perimeter detailing around lid with cane ornate wrapped handle. Made during the Victorian period with assay marks stamped by London assay office.

The History of the Silver Argyll (Gravy Warmer)

The silver Argyll or also spelt Argyle is a gravy warmer that was attributed to the Duke of Argyll, John Campbell (1723-1806) This vessel was created as the Duke and his wife Elizabeth Gunning, tired of the gravy being brought to the table lukewarm in their cold Scottish castle. The idea was to add an internal chamber or outer perimeter void to their gravy pot, to house a hot iron or hot water to maintain an adequate temperature for the gravy. Derivatives have been fashioned with some having an internal central column capped for isolating the hot iron or hot water from the gravy like the one we have for sale. The other having an outer perimeter void not unlike a flask with a small outer opening to allow water to be added on the outside of the Argyll. The spout was positioned at the bottom section of the Argyle due to their gravy having a high fat content. The gravy fats would congeal at the top level allowing the warmer gravy to pour from the bottom inhibited by the fats above, and at the right temperature. This Scottish derived gravy warmer soon frequented England and such we see them made by English silversmiths. The rarity of these Argyll's is apparent as less are seen up for sale. Scottish Argyll's are the rarest with only a few known to exist.