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shop antique copper lizard skin effect jug at The hive by VH Interiors in Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Copper "Lizard Skin" hot water jug by Joseph Sankey & Sons


This solid copper hot water jug was machine made by Joseph Sankey & Sons in the early 1900's, they specialised – between about 1890 and 1930 – in what you might call mass-produced art metalware. In particular, they patented a process for stamping and embossing patterns on sheet metal, including copper, which they called “Neptune Art Ware” hence the Neptune makers mark on the base of this jug. 


The pattern on this jug is known as "lizard skin" and in my opinion it's the nicest of the 3 patterns used by Sankey for hot water jugs, the other 2 being hammered and art nouveau. 


Originally the jug was made to be hot water jug and it still functions perfectly for that as it is water tight, however this makes a great little vase for fresh or dried posies. 


This is an antique item and as such it comes with some minor dents and scuffs.


The specifications are: Height: 17cm - Width: 14cm inc handle - Depth: 10cm - Weight: 300g


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    The Hive, 

    32a Grosvenor Road, 


    WA14 1LA 

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