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Sterling Silver Jugs & Pitchers

Whether serving lemonade at a picnic or Tom Collins at a cocktail party, sterling jugs and pitchers add a dash of refinement to any occasion. They range in size from diminutive creamer jugs to more substantial pitchers able to hold enough ice water or beer to serve a large table.

The most valuable and sought-after examples of sterling jugs and pitchers hail from colonial America and 18th-century England. Paul Revere sterling jugs and pitchers executed in both Federalist and neoclassical styles rank among the most coveted kinds by collectors. During the 19th century, Tiffany & Co. produced an array of sterling jugs with wide mouths and floral patterns inspired by Persian decorative arts.

Like many sterling objects, jugs and pitchers become more alluring with age as their luster softens into an entrancing patina. Since sterling is composed of 92.5% percent pure silver, they will keep their beauty for generations to come and are appropriate for family heirlooms.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Skinner Auctioneers sold a Victorian sterling silver and glass claret jug for $1,599
  • The earliest cream jugs date back to the beginning of the 18th century as tea started to become more popular throughout England
  • The condition, style, and level of craftsmanship, among other factors, determine the price of various sterling pitchers and jugs

Recommended Items at Auction

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(After) Gorham Sterling Silver Snake Pitcher
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
(After) Gorham Sterling Silver Snake Pitcher
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$3,50014 Bids
Kalo Hand Wrought 4 Pint Sterling Pitcher.
May 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Kalo Hand Wrought 4 Pint Sterling Pitcher.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $600- $1,000
$3506 Bids
Metcalf Silver Co. Sterling 22 Water Pitcher
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Metcalf Silver Co. Sterling 22 Water Pitcher
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$805 Bids
BENJAMIN SMITH III VICTORIAN STERLING SILVER ARMORIAL CLARET JUG
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
BENJAMIN SMITH III VICTORIAN STERLING SILVER ARMORIAL CLARET JUG
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$5503 Bids
MID 19TH C. ENGLISH HALLMARKED STERLING PITCHER.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
MID 19TH C. ENGLISH HALLMARKED STERLING PITCHER.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$3002 Bids
Handled jug, German, around 1900, 800 silver, rich flat
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Handled jug, German, around 1900, 800 silver, rich flat
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €480- €750
€4501 Bid
A Georgian Silver Helmet Cream Jug. Hallmarked London 1802. 11.3cm x 9.8cm x 6.5cm, weight 94g
May 23, 11:00 AM BST
A Georgian Silver Helmet Cream Jug. Hallmarked London 1802. 11.3cm x 9.8cm x 6.5cm, weight 94g
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£101 Bid
Daniel & John Welby Sterling Pitcher
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Daniel & John Welby Sterling Pitcher
by Caza Sikes
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
19th Century American Silver Water Pitcher by G. Macpherson
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
19th Century American Silver Water Pitcher by G. Macpherson
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
George IV Sterling Silver Milk Jug,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
George IV Sterling Silver Milk Jug,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2601 Bid
GORHAM NEO-GREC COIN SILVER WATER PITCHER
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
GORHAM NEO-GREC COIN SILVER WATER PITCHER
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$4501 Bid
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A sterling hot water pitcher, 904 g. (29 troy oz.); 12 in. (30.5 cm.) h.
May 29, 9:00 AM PDT
A sterling hot water pitcher, 904 g. (29 troy oz.); 12 in. (30.5 cm.) h.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $500- $700
$3401 Bid
WILLIAM & GEORGE SISSONS VICTORIAN SILVER-MOUNTED CLARET JUG
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
WILLIAM & GEORGE SISSONS VICTORIAN SILVER-MOUNTED CLARET JUG
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $600
$2001 Bid
HARALD NIELSEN POUR GEORG JENSEN
Jun 03, 3:00 PM CEST
HARALD NIELSEN POUR GEORG JENSEN
by Tajan
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€8001 Bid
A GROUP OF FOUR GEORGIAN AND LATER SILVER CREAM JUGS
Jun 04, 2:00 PM AEST
A GROUP OF FOUR GEORGIAN AND LATER SILVER CREAM JUGS
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2501 Bid
Wonderful William IV Sterling Silver Water Jug,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Wonderful William IV Sterling Silver Water Jug,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD8001 Bid
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3 Piece Antique Sterling Silver Tableware
Jun 08, 11:00 AM CDT
3 Piece Antique Sterling Silver Tableware
by Worthington Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$101 Bid
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A C.C. Hermann sterling water jug, 796 g. (25.6 troy oz.)
May 29, 9:00 AM PDT
A C.C. Hermann sterling water jug, 796 g. (25.6 troy oz.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $400- $600
$2801 Bid
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A Mexican sterling footed pitcher, 944 g. (30 troy oz.); pitcher: 9 in. (22.9 cm.) h.
May 29, 9:00 AM PDT
A Mexican sterling footed pitcher, 944 g. (30 troy oz.); pitcher: 9 in. (22.9 cm.) h.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
A miniature silver tap jug, Holland, Amsterdam, 1784
May 29, 7:00 PM CEST
A miniature silver tap jug, Holland, Amsterdam, 1784
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €150- €300
€1200 Bids
Schenkkanne
May 31, 9:00 AM CEST
Schenkkanne
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF280- CHF350
CHF2800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Jugs & Pitchers


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Eldred's

Eldred's

Auktionshaus Stahl

Auktionshaus Stahl

Auktionshaus Zofingen

Auktionshaus Zofingen