Originating around 1760 in Britain, the silver cream pail, or piggin, was designed to resemble the traditional milking pail, bucket shaped and often with a swing handle for ease of carrying. During the 1770’s and 1780’s decorative designs were created, with pierced sides in the Rococo or Neoclassical taste, and it was at this time that the traditional blue glass liner was added. They continued to be manufactured until around 1820, when they became less popular and the use of a milk jug was favoured, although 20th Century reproductions can also be found.
Hallmarked In 1801
Hallmarked in London in 1801 by William Fountain, this very handsome, George III period, Antique Sterling Silver Cream Pail, features reed detailing, an engraved crest and a scroll handle. The cream pail measures 3"(7.5cm) tall, by 2.75"(7cm) in diameter.
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