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Antique Thorley's Special Prize Silverplate Trophy Jug with Lid

Antique Thorley's Special Prize Silverplate Trophy Jug with Lid

$525.00

It all began in the mid-1800s in northeast England with a product known as "Thorley's Food for Cattle".  Manufactured using a top-secret recipe developed by Joseph Thorley, the cattle feed was just the beginning of what would become an animal feed empire.  Thorley's animal feed was eventually headquartered in London and sold around the world using clever names: Ovum for chickens, Rabbitum for rabbits, Grula for horses and their most famous Thorley's Cakes, which promised to produce champion cattle. 

At the turn of the century, Thorley began sponsoring livestock shows as a means to market their animal feed.  The farmers with the biggest, best-looking animals went home with a Special Prize from Thorley: silverplated trophy bowls, oil lamps, cruet sets, creamers and sugars, coffee and teapots, all engraved with "Thorley's Special Prize". 

After a century in business, the family-owned company closed its doors in 1957.

Found at market in the north of England, an Antique Silverplate Jug with Lid produced especially as a trophy from Thorley by the Atkin Brothers silversmiths of Sheffield.  With a robust, curvaceous silhouette and pedestal foot, the jug is engraved with "Thorley's Special Prize". The jug's magnificent spout is formed from a highly detailed bull's head. A domed tankard-style lid tops the jug.

Dramatic and exceptional, this very special and rare trophy was sure to have pride of place in the winning farmer's home and is certain to bring its proud charms to your home as well.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition. Circa 1900. 9"H x 7".

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