Matthew Boulton, Birmingham, c1810



The cylindrical bodies with a gadrooned base,

the angular fruitwood handle set at right angles to separate filling and pouring spouts,

surmounted by a domed lift-off cover with knop finial, marked verso for Matthew Boulton,

the body with conjoined script initials G aR


Note :

An argyle is an insulated gravy pot, reputedly invented by the third Duke of Argyll of Scotland. 

As there was a long journey to from the kitchen to the dining table, some method –

in this case a jacket of hot water, or sometimes a central conical heated insulator –

was ingeniously devised to keep the gravy warm. 

The earliest recorded argyle dated to 1755, becoming more common after 1770.


Matthew Boulton is regarded as the leading manufacturer of Old Sheffield Plate Silver.
He worked in Birmingham from 1762 (with John Fothergill to 1782),
and estabishing the Birminghan Assay Office in 1773.
Although Boulton died in 1809, his mark continued in use for the first third of the 19th century.

* For additional information about Matthew Boulton & the Soho Manufactory, please click here.


Condition : Excellent with very crisp marks;

no bends, breaks or repairs to body; the lid inner flange slightly out of round, but still retaining a very tight fit


5” High






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Double Sun Mark with Faces




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George III Matthew Boulton Old Sheffield Plate Argyle, Birmingham, c1810, double sun mark, the body with conjoined script initials G aR