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I have a glass decanter jug made by Hukin & Heath in 1898.

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I have a green glass decanter jug made by Hukin & Heath in 1898. The jug has a silver top. The silver top has 3 spouts. Can you tell me anything about this item?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Robert S. replied 1 year ago.

Hi Noel,

My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your Hukin & Heath jug.

Thanks for the excellent photo. This is a very pretty piece. How big is it?

Do you happen to have the stopper for it?

Also, could you very kindly attach a photo of the hallmark.

Many thanks and wait to hear,
Robert

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No stopper, it 8" tall, photo is attached
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8" tall, no stopper, photo attached
Expert:  Robert S. replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the brilliant close-up and the other details. That's got to be one of the clearest photos of hallmarks I've ever seen, you can see every atom, and you are quite right, marked for Hukin & Heath, Birmingham assay office, 1898-99.

As you may know this well known Birmingham firm were highly regarded for their claret jugs and decanters. They were also elevated from the ordinary by the great English Victorian designer, Christopher Dresser, but your piece, with its emphatic Art Nouveau shape, is a little after the era when he designed for Hukin & Heath.

This triple handle, triple spout form would have been used as a port decanter. It was traditional in English upper class society for the men to drink port at the end of dinner in the evening, the ladies having first withdrawn to the drawing room (literally the "withdrawing room" which is how it got its name). The port was always decanted and always passed to the left (probably an old Royal Navy custom, as it would be un-seamanlike to pass port to starboard, as it were). This three-handle, three-spout construction was a clever way of allowing the port to be passed hand-to-hand and with a spout opposite each new holder.

Originally it would have had an elaborate blown glass stopper, perhaps something like this:

As for value, the most desirable Hukin & Heath port and claret jugs are the whimsical animal and bird forms, but this one would be quite sought after too, despite its lack of stopper.

If you were to sell at a good antique auction house or on line (eBay, Amazon, etc) it would fetch in the range of $150 - $225. It therefore has a full retail or replacement value of $450 and is what you should insure it for.

I do hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Robert.

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