Description & Technical information

Silver argyles are gravy-warmers made in various shapes similar to a covered coffee pot, with one handle and one spout. The gravy is kept warm by means of hot water contained in a compartment created by a double exterior wall.
Legend has it that John Campbell, the fifth Duke of Argyll, (1723–1806) and his wife Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, lost patience with gravy arriving cold to their table from the kitchens of their home, Inverary Castle, during the cold Scottish winters. The Duke therefore promoted a new piece of tableware designed to solve the problem. This was reputedly the origin of the ‘argyle’, so named in tribute to the noble family that first adopted it.

Date:  1799
Period:  George III
Origin:  Englsih
Medium: silver
Dimensions: 21 x 24 x 14 cm (8¹/₄ x 9¹/₂ x 5¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Furniture