Blue John milk pail, 1803

The news that a ‘lost’ vein of Blue John has been found at Treak Cliff Cavern reminded me that I needed to share some images of our latest purchase.

 Blue John milk pail, 1803

We have recently bought this Blue John milk pail Hallmarked Silverfrom a dealer. It’s an unusual piece and we don’t have anything like it in the collection at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. What makes it particularly rare is the hallmarked silver which dates it to 1803 and to the Sheffield Cutler Thomas Rodgers. We still need to do further research on this object, so watch this space. 

I should put in a disclaimer that although it’s in the style of a milk pail, it is only a couple of inches high – a full sized milk pail would have probably used up our entire acquisition budget from HLF!

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