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TENBY JUG

A silverplate jug of compressed baluster form, the flat hinged cover with scroll knop and angular handle. The hinged lid could be opened still holding the jug. The jug was rewarded in Pembrokeshire as the bringer of good luck.
According to the 'Tenby Official Guide', dated 1919, the Tenby Hot Water Jug was a 'jug for conserving hot water. Its convenient size, shape and attractive design harmonises with any silver or china service. Based on a design connected with local tradition. It makes for home folks and those from away, a most charming gift'.
The maker was James Truscott (1847-1937) who established his business in Tudor Square, Tenby in 1870. He moved in 1883 to new premises at 13 High Street on the corner of St. Nicholas Lane where the firm continued the trade until its closure (1937).



silverplated Tenby Hot Water Jug

In the 1880's James Truscott designed and patented the 'Tenby Hot Water Jug'. Made from hand-hammered pewter the jug had a special handle that was cold to hold. It was available in bright and satin finish.

After the retirement of James Truscott (1916) the business was continued by his son in law Charles Victor Solomon (husband of Mildred Truscott) until the closure of the trade in 1937.

A 1931 advertisement (Ward Lock Guide To Tenby) claims 'TRUSCOTT Goldsmith TENBY' as 'sole makers' of this item 'Sold for over 50 years' (courtesy Dave Dockerill).

Later (presumably when the patent expired), similar jugs were made by other companies, including James Dixon & Sons and W.W. Harrison & Co of Sheffield. In some cases the handle was coated in bamboo.

The jug was manufactured in a range of different sizes, including one pint, one and a half pints and two pints.

(most of the information about James Truscott was obtained by an article in 'Tenby Times', December 2008)




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