Friday, October 07, 2005

Antique Quadruple Silverplate Pitchers & Syrup Pitchers

Following the general styles of English milk pots, early silverplate pitchers and syrup cups imitated the same general shapes which evolved over the centuries. Most of the earliest silverplate pitchers distinguished themselves from milk pots by a small drip plate or saucer. Once the patent cut-off was invented for the inside of the pitcher, the need for the drip plate became obsolete.

Some silver manufacturers designed their silver plated syrup pitchers as an additional piece of hollowware to a complete silver tea service.

Until the turn of the last century, numerous designs of silver pitchers were introduced and offered. In the early 1900’s, silver yrup pitchers declined in popularity and few manufacturers even offered them in their catalogs.

Smaller size silverplate pitchers were designed for specialized purposes such as serving milk and cream. Many of these smaller cream pitchers or milk pitchers were an integral part of a complete silver tea service.

Fancy dessert services consisted of a silverplate sugar bowl and creamer that did not consequently match a silver tea service. Larger silverplate dessert services often included a spoon holder (spooner) and more contemporary sets included a bowl for the dessert. Many of the linings of these ornate silverplate hollowware items were made of clear, cranberry, ruby or blue glass.

We carry an extensive line of antique quadruple silverplate syrup pitchers here