THE RUBY RED COLLECTION OF COW CREAMERS
The Ruby Red Collection of Cow Creamers offered for sale by Mark Littler
The collection took the current owner many years to assemble, buying from auction, fairs and dealers across the globe, with many being sourced in the USA. Totalling 112 in number and weighing a collective 25KG’s, the collection is now being offered through auctions across the UK via Mark Littler.
Mark says “I couldn’t quite believe my ears when I had the initial phone call from the vendor. I have sold silver cow creamers in the past, but most collectors only manage to find one or two. To have amassed such a broad range of creamers is testimony to the devotion of the owner.”
Mark says “selling the collection at various auctions rather than just one auction will achieve higher selling prices. Most people assume that selling local is the only way, often as this is most convenient. We are selling the collection through specialist auctions across the UK, broadening the exposure the creamers will get quite considerably”.
Cow Creamer History
Silver cow creamers, which are novelty jugs for serving cream with tea, first appeared on our shores in the 1750s and were made by silversmith John Schuppe. Little is known about Schuppe other than that he was a Dutch immigrant and flourished in England c1753-1773. However, his design captured the imagination of the upper classes, with hundreds of copycat creamers made all over the world in almost every material over the following centuries.
Although Schuppe was the first to make cow creamers from silver, their form is much older. To find the form in its earliest guise you would need to travel back to 4th century BC Egypt where pottery jugs in the form of cows first appear.
Mark Littler is an Independent Antique Valuer and Consultant. Based near Sandbach in Cheshire, he helps his clients navigate the often confusing and bewildering antiques trade in order to get them the best deal when they sell their antiques or collector items. Selling both through auctions around the UK and private sales, Mark is one of the first to act in such an intermediary role in the antiques trade.
Previous highlights include a 16th century carbine sold at auction for almost £30,000, three casks of 21 year old Scotch whisky for over £25,000 each and The Green Hammerton ring, a medieval marriage ring sold for a five figure sum to Mayfair based Royal jewellers Wartski.
For more information contact Mark Littler on 01270 440357 or email [email protected]