Argyll or Argyle

Matthew Boulton argyle, pear-form, Old Sheffield plate, double-wall body with hinged filler flap at handle

p4A ItemID D9721348
A French silver on copper argyle, circa 1820, oval drum form with gooseneck spout and original pearwood handle, floral bud finial

p4A ItemID E8948580
A George III sterling silver argyle, marked PN, London, 1768, cylindrical form with a hot water jacket filled through a small spout opposite the main gooseneck spout, wicker covered silver handle

p4A ItemID E8941845
A George III Irish silver crested argyle, William Bond, Dublin, 1793. Of typical form with gadrooned base edge

p4A ItemID E8929894

Silver Argylles

Eighteenth and nineteenth century silversmiths produced a tea or coffeepot form gravy warmer known as an argyll, that used a variety of means to keep the gravy warm. The form, with handle and spout, is sometimes spelled as Argyle. Those argylles using hot water as the warming agent typically had double exterior walls, or a compartment created by a false bottom, or a central vertical tube to hold the hot water. Occasionally an argyll is found with a central cylindrical tube in which is placed a hot iron rod.

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