This lovely arts & crafts vessel is reverse pyriform with foliate lobing around the base reminiscent of the lotus flower of Ming Dynasty Chinese porcelain. The ring foot is hexagonal reflecting the lobing above. With a vertically oriented finial on the domed, hinged lid and a spout that pours from the rim, this wonderful piece makes a fine example of arts & crafts silversmithing. It is both forward and backward looking in its handmade details and the hammered surface shimmers.
A. Edward Jones ran Birmingham's most successful arts & crafts silver shop. He was trained at Birmingham's Central School of Arts and Crafts and stayed closely associated with the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft and the Bromsgrove Guild throughout his life. His shop attracted the most talented of Birmingham's arts & crafts artists and produced Birmingham's best arts & crafts silver.(1)
During the 1920's it became stylish for tea pots and milk jugs (creamers) to take on the same shape and size, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference. This pot could be either except that the spout has no strainer, so it was intended to be a hot milk jug.
The pot measures 6 inches high by 7.25 inches across the handle and spout. It has never been monogrammed and weighs 12.05 troy ounces. In good/very good antique condition, it has some scratching to the surface commensurate with its age and a replaced handle.
- Kenneth Crisp Jones, The Silversmiths of Birmingham and their Marks: 1750-1980, (1981; London: N.A.G. Press Ltd.), p. 313-4.