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Worcester Circular Shanked Milk Jug, Blue and Gilt Decoration with 'Bluebell pattern', c1795


A very elegant and well moulded circular spiral shanked milk jug, decorated with blue and gilt decoration including the 'Bluebell' flower motif. This charming milk jug was made at the famous Worcester factory c1795.  It is marked with the open blue crescent mark of the Worcester factory.

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This very fine quality milk jug is moulded with 'shanked' (or spiral) lines which was the latest design in fashion at the later period of the eighteenth century. These moulded lines are very finely potted and create a most decorative effect.


Evenly spaced around the body of the jug are three blue and gilt 'Bluebell' flowers.


A rich underglaze Cobalt blue border runs around the shoulder of the jug's body, This is decorated with gilt leaves and dots. There is also a blue and gilt decoration to the pouring lip of the jug.


The open loop handle of the jug has an inward spur towards the base and the back of the handle is decorated with gilt foliage.


The underside of the jug is marked with the Worcester open blue crescent mark. This jug dates from c1795.


This is a charming Worcester Circular Shanked Milk Jug, Blue and Gilt Decoration with 'Bluebell pattern', c1795.

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Size and Weight: (values are approximate)

  • 5" (125mm) in length from the tip of the pouring spout to back edge of the handle.
  • 3¼" (82mm) maximum body width.
  • 4¼" (111mm) in height to the top of the handle.
  • 5¾oz (164gms) in weight.


The underside of the jug is marked with the open blue Worcester crescent mark. The jug dates from c1795



This beautiful Worcester jug is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or restoration. The only extremely minor imperfections is a tiny bit of gilding wear (mainly to the rim) and a very tiny firing crack near the foot (see picture below), this is from the time of manufacture and does not go through the whole body. It is a very attractive jug for the collector of early English tea wares or Worcester porcelain.


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