Union Reform Set of 3 Graduated Jugs c 1830
Union Reform Graduated Jugs c 1830
Probably made just before the various Reform Acts of 1832, for England & Wales, for Scotland and for Ireland
3 jugs, lip heights: 19cm, 16cm and 14cm
Features Britannia, cornucopia to right, lion to left, stood on a cannon, sailing ship to background, holding a staff , the base of which is pressed to the chest of a Medusa. This staff symbol is also shown on a decorated egg at the British Museum and pamplets/tickets at the time, and in those images it seems to be formed from 4 bound rods. The Medusa has also been described as a native american indian, but on the larger of our jugs the hair strands appear to have snake heads. Possibly the Medusa represents opponents of Union?
Union Ensign flag to sides, a white flag also with UNION, ensign flag to right has REFORM
Also to top rim UNITY AND LIBERTY and COMMERCE AND FREEDOM
The jug is also decorated with plants, rose, thistle and shamrock.
Maker unknown, each vase has a small puce circular mark with squiggle (like a speech bubble) with an inner mark like two bird wings. Probably Staffordshire and the marks are decorator's marks
CONDITION: Middle jug has been broken and glued with restoration to cracks. The worst side is shown in the photos, the patterns are repeated front and back. The large and small jugs are undamaged. There is some crazing and light decorative wear