Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Commemorative, Heraldic and Historical Events

Date: 1813-1814

Dimensions:

  • Height: 4.45 in (11.30 cm)

Maker: Unknown

Description:

Small jug, pearlware, with printed, painted, and luster decoration. A band of silver luster at the neck has a resist pattern of stylized flowers and foliage, the handle has three vertical bands of silver luster.  On one side is a printed and painted design titled "MARQs WELLINGTON IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE".  The scene is dominated by the figure of Wellington on horseback with his sword raised and pointed forward. Wellington's title of Marquis (not yet Duke) shows that this commemorates his victories in the Peninsular War. The Battle of Waterloo was still in the future.

On the reverse is a printed and painted scene entitled "THE NARROW ESCAPE OF BONEY THROUGH A WINDOW".  The scene shows a large man carrying Napoleon Bonaparte on his back moving away from a small building where another man leans out of the window brandishing a sword.  It is suggested that this latter print depicts a baseless newspaper story that a large Frenchman carried Napoleon to safety from attacking Cossacks.  The print source for this design has not been identified. This reference to events of 1812-1813 suggests that the jug was printed very soon afterwards.  

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