SHREWSBURY GENERAL ELECTION
A rare blue and white 'John Hill' election jug, Caughley or early John Rose Coalport, dated 1796, the spirally fluted body inscribed 'Honour and Honesty. John Hill for Ever. Prosperity to the House of Hawkstone', beneath the spout with the legend 'Majority of 44 in the Year 1796', restoration to the handle's terminal, 22.1cm.
The controversial Shrewsbury election of 1796 did not in fact result in a victory for John Hill, as the inscription on this jug suggests. John Hill's claimed "Majority of 44" was reached by adding spoilt ballot papers to his valid votes, and amounted only to a majority over his younger kinsman, William Hill, rather than to the overall victor, William Pulteney. The confusion regarding attribution of the jug itself lies in the closeness of the two factories and the fact that several moulds exist. It is possible that both factories produced these Election jugs, although it has sometimes been quoted as the earliest known dated Coalport porcelain. Cf. Michael Messenger, Coalport Porcelain, pp.60-64.
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