I recently posted this query on the Asian Arts Forum, and a contributor suggested I try this site.
I recently bought a silver cream jug on eBay, that bears an inscription " Made from silver taken from the Imperial Summer Palace, near Pekin, October 8th 1860".
It carries London hallmarks for 1860-1861, the name Turner’s 58 & 59 New Bond St, and has a crest of a greyhound (or whippet?) seated.
Also the maker’s initials E.I
Can anybody please tell me:
- Whose crest it is
- Who is the maker E.I (or is it E.J?)
- Is it a London maker (as I suspect), or was it made in China.
I understand Turners were goldsmiths to Queen Victoria.
Your assistance, as always, is much appreciated.