A silver-plated jug  presented to a member of a “Female Sick Club” in 1880

A silver-plated jug presented to a member of a “Female Sick Club” in 1880

Stock Number: A silver-plated jug was presented to a member of a


A silver-plated jug presented to a member of a "Female Sick Club" in 1880






Martin Hall & Co. Ltd

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Other Medical Antiques


A silver-plated jug ( height :5″) presented to a member of a “Female Sick Club” in 1880 to honor her service. Sick clubs existed in the UK before the introduction of National Health.They were groups that self-insured members against the cost of medical care. Marjorie Levine-Clark in her book, The Politics of Women’s Health and Work in Victorian England, Ohio University Press, 2004:64, discusses womens sick clubs and we’ve provided a link to her discussion of the topic below. The makers of this jug were Martin Hall & Co. Ltd  of Sheffield (1866-1936). Apart from its historic interest, the pitcher is attractively engraved in the Aesthetics Movement style. There is some wear to the interior gilding but the plated and engraved exterior is in very good condition. What seems like a small spot of lost plating in the first image is flash reflection; see second image to confirm this. 

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974