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Mark Littler to Sell Rare Collection of Cow Creamers

Roughly 1.4 billion cattle can be found around the world, providing us with beef, milk and leather. However, a much rarer herd of 112 cows is now up for sale for an asking price of £85,000.

The cow-shaped silver creamers have been collected over many years by one careful owner, buying from auctions, fairs and dealers around the world, many of them sourced from the USA. Now the collection, weighing a collectibe 25kg is being offered for sale through Independent Antiques Valuer & Consultant Mark Littler, on behalf of the client.

Mark Littler admires the unusual collection

Cheshire based Antiques Young Gun member Mark told Antiques News & Fairs: “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.”

Looking at all the options for his client, Mark decided on a private sale over an auction, on account of the considerable auction house commissions and to protect the collection from being broken up.

Mark says “Selling the collection as a whole offers a unique opportunity to a collector or institution. The scope is really all-encompassing, featuring every known style of creamer, and even features some real rarities including bull creamers and even a creamer in the form of a goat. It has taken decades to acquire and it would be a real shame to see the collection broken down.”

Silver cow creamers, which are novelty jugs for serving cream with tea, first appeared in the UK in the 1750s and were made by silversmith John Schuppe, a Dutch immigrant, whose 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, the form harks back to the C4th BC Egypt, where pottery jugs in the form of cows first appeared.

Mark has valued and sold some strange items in his time, such as a first class railway carriage and a 21 year old Scotch single malt whisky, but this collection, he says, will be hard to beat!

For information on sale dates contact Mark Littler Independent Antiques Valuer & Consultant



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- by Antiques Young Guns | 2017-08-28