A very attractive and unusual small silver jug set on 4 cast lion paw feet with a side pouring handle, part silver and beautifully turned ebony, most likely to be for warming brandy or similar. Lovely embossed decoration of vertical concave flutes with overlaid garland swags with roundels, ribbons and acanthus leaves. An ornate border under the rim of flowers in a chain link and the base is rounded and of melon fluted form.
The original hallmarks are stamped underneath, partly obscured but look likely to be Hanau and "930" standard. London import marks stamped to the side for 1899, import agent John George Smith.
It measures 6.4cm (2 1/2") high, 10.8cm (4 1/4") wide across the handle and 5.1cm (2") across the body. It weighs 66g / 2.1ozt.
Condition is very good; there is a very small repair inside the lip which cannot be seen outside. No other damage or repairs and surface wear is very light. The legs have been slightly reshaped as is common.