A George III silver Cream Jug.
A George III baluster Cream Jug on a pedestal foot, the body chased with simple foliate swags and an oval laurel wreath cartouche at the front, London 1775, by Nathaniel Appleton and Anne Smith. The foot and rim with simple punched bead decoration.
Appleton and Smith specialised in cream jugs of this sort, salt-cellars, punch ladles and other small utlitiarian pieces. This example shows the influence of the neo-classical style in its chased decoration. Appleton was apprenticed to James Waters [see the note on the Pap boat by James Waters on this website] in 1751 and was made free of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1759. The partnership mark with Anne Smith was entered in 1771 but, since pieces have been noted with the mark from at least 1767, a further mark must have been entered prior to that in the lost largeworkers’ register. Anne Smith remains something of a mystery and little has been traced of her life. Her marital status at the time of registering the mark in 1771 was entered as ‘Unknown‘.
Appleton married Lucy Jennison in 1761 by Licence : ‘13 April 1761 Nathaniel Appleton aged twenty-nine years of the Parish of Saint Boltoph Aldersgate London batchelor and Silversmith bound in marriage to Lucy Jennison aged thirty-two years of the Parish of Saint Michael Queenhithe London spinster.’ The marriage took place on the 20th April at St. Michael Queenhithe described in the parish register as ‘Nathaniel Appleton of the Parish of Saint Boltoph Aldersgate Batchelor and Lucy Jennison of this parish spinster.’ Two children of the marriage appear in the registers of St. Botolph – Nathaniel, christened on 13th April 1766 and James, christened on 2nd March 1769. There are records of two apprentices to Appleton, the first being John Vickerman, son of John Vickerman of Maiden Lane, Wood Street, Carpenter, Cit. and Carpenter, apprenticed on the 6th August 1777 and made Free on the 6th October 1784. Then, on the 5th March 1794 James, son of James Keys late of Saffron Hill London Taylor deceased, was apprenticed to Nathaniel Appleton of Red Lion Street Saint Sepulchre London ‘Goldsmith and Salesman.’ James Keys was a nephew of Appleton and is mentioned in his will, which was proved in 1801 and in which he again describes himself as a ‘Salesman.’
Good. An unusually crisp example.
Height – 10.40 cm.; Width – 9.70 cm.; Depth – 6 cm.; Weight – 79.80 gms.