The jugs are made of leather and lined with pitch and were still in use in the Crimean War. It is believed the word 'Black Jack' is most likely derived from the 'jack of defence' a leather defensive coat. The drinking vessel was most commonly used in cellars, butteries and dining halls of the great houses, colleges and schools.

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They were used to bring the ale from the kitchens to the halls where it was then transferred into the pewter tankards or silver mounted jacks. These rustic jugs were very much kept in the servants quarters and are now scarcely seen. The estimates for the jugs ranges from £200-400 for the water flask to £1 000-1 500 for the larger jug.

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The painting section includes another standout lot. This painting, attributed to Richard Brompton (British 1734-1782) A small child with a liver and white spaniel in a landscape, is estimated to fetch £20 000-30 000 in the saleroom.

Cheffins Fine Art sale will take place on 17th & 18th June. Search the sale on Barnebys here.