The Robin Simpson Collection of Commemoratives
on Wednesday 8th September 2021
Lots: 501-533 of 533
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Lot 501
EARL GREY, LORD JOHN RUSSELL AND LORD ALTHORP
A set of three glazed earthenware flasks, c.1832, each modelled as one of the three key reformers, painted in Portobello type colours, each titled and holding a scroll impressed 'The True Spirit of Reform', some restoration to Lord Althorp, a chip to the back of Lord John Russell, 16cm (3).




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Lot 502
LORD ALTHORP
A yellow-glazed earthenware flask, c.1832, modelled as the 3rd Earl Spencer holding a scroll impressed 'The True Spirit of Reform', decorated all over in a rich canary yellow glaze, a small glaze chip to his nose, 15.4cm.


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Lot 503
QUEEN VICTORIA
A brown stoneware flask, c.1838, modelled as the young monarch standing and holding a scroll inscribed 'My Hope is in my People', 22cm.

The sentiment impressed upon the scroll has previously led to this model being attributed as Queen Caroline. However, examples of this flask have been found with Doulton & Watts marks and with wine merchant's stamps dating from the late 1830s. Caroline was also almost invariably depicted hatted rather than crowned and not with short ruched sleeves as here. Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.63.


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Lot 504
LORD MELBOURNE
A large and rare Derbyshire brown stoneware flask, c.1838-41, modelled wearing fur-lined robes, impressed 'Lord Melbourne' to the front, the reverse with 'Oldfield & Co Makers', the upper section glazed a darker brown, a small chip to his hair, 23.5cm.

Despite a turbulent relationship with William IV, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, was Prime Minister at the time of Victoria's accession and his coaching of the young monarch led to them forming a strong friendship. Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.232; and Alan Blakeman, Reform Flasks, number 120.

Exhibited: 'Long to Reign Over Us', Newport Museum and Art Gallery, June to October 1987, number 17.

Provenance: ex Blewitt collection, sold by Historical & Collectable, 12th March 2005, lot 372.

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Sold for:   £2500
Lot 505
DANIEL O'CONNELL
A large Brampton brown stoneware flask, c.1838-40, modelled as the Irish reformer standing with arms folded, impressed 'Daniel O'Connell to the front, the upper part glazed brown, the reverse impressed 'Oldfield & Co Makers', 22.8cm.

O'Connell championed the rights and liberties of people across the world and, in 1838, he denounced Andrew Stevenson, the American ambassador, as a "slave-breeder" and was challenged to a duel. O'Connell went on to speak on slavery and bondage including at the first Anti Slavery Convention in London in 1840.

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Lot 506
2ND APRIL 1832: BRADBURY MURDERS
An earthenware cylindrical mug, printed in black with a view of the Moorcock Inn, a sign affixed to its side inscribed 'Bill S Q Jacks April 2nd 1832, with puce bands to the rim, 10.1cm.

The Moorcock Inn, now demolished, was once to be found between Greenfield and Holmfirth in the Pennines. On the night of Monday 2nd April 1832, it was the scene of the most violent and bloody murder of the landlord, William, and his son, Thomas Bradbury, a local gamekeeper. William, known as Bill son of Jacks, was discovered in bed and, before dying, uttered sounds which may have referred to the assailants but in the event proved inconclusive. His son, known as Tom son of Bills, was discovered in hideous circumstances dead downstairs. The crime was never solved but drew huge interest from far and wide. A substantial gravestone is to be found at Saddleworth Church, engraved with detail of the murder and three lines of verse.

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Lot 507
22ND DECEMBER 1832: GEORGE KINLOCH
A pearlware teabowl and saucer, c.1832, printed in black with a named portrait above an inscription detailing his flight from the country and subsequent election victory for Dundee, restoration, 14.8cm. (2)

On 10th November 1819 at Dundee, Kinloch made a speech on the subject of Parliamentary reform and recent events at Peterloo, which was reported in full. With the near certainty of being arrested for sedition and found guilty, he fled to France. Coincidentally, three years later to the day, he was returned for Dundee, standing as a Whig, in the first elections following the passing of the Great Reform Bill. He died shortly thereafter on 28th March 1833. Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.214; and Lincoln Hallinan, British Commemoratives; Royalty, Politics, War and Sport, pl.108.

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Lot 508
HENRY BROUGHAM
A creamware mug, c.1832, the cylindrical body printed in black with a head in profile titled 'Henry Brougham' above seven lines of laudatory address, the rim and foot with a blue band, a restored rim crack, 12.5cm.

With its references to people's rights, anti-slavery and commerce it is likely this mug dates from the time of the Great Reform Bill. Despite the fact that Brougham had been raised to the Peerage on 22nd November 1830, he may feature because he was still perceived as a popular commoner at that time. Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.215.
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Lot 509
JOSEPH HUME AND SIR FRANCIS BURDETT
A pearlware porter mug, c.1833, printed in black with half-length portraits, titled 'Joseph Hume Esq FRS', and 'Sir Francis Burdett Bart MP', some staining, 11.5cm.

Both radical members of Parliament at the time of the Great Reform Bill, Hume represented Middlesex from 1830 to 1837 and Burdett Westminster from 1807 to 1837.

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Lot 510
ANTI SLAVERY
A small pearlware nursery mug, c.1825, printed in black with a chained and kneeling figure with hands raised in supplication, the reverse with four lines of verse, 6.6cm.

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Lot 511
ANTI SLAVERY
A small pearlware lustre jug, c.1830, printed in black with a seated figure in chains beside the titled 'Am I not a man and brother', the reverse inscribed with eight lines of verse titled 'The Negro's Complaint', the rim with a wide peach and pink lustre band, restoration to the rim and spout, 11.5cm.

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Lot 512
ANTI SLAVERY
A pearlware nursery mug, c.1830, printed in green with figures in a plantation setting, inscribed with four lines of verse, 6.3cm.

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Sold for:   £2000
Lot 513
ANTI SLAVERY
A pearlware saucer dish, c.1833, the well printed in black with the scene of an African mother cradling an infant in a tropical landscape, inscribed with four lines of verse appealing to the "Women of England", 21.8cm.

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Lot 514
ANTI SLAVERY
A pearlware mug, c.1833, printed in black on a buff coloured ground with a kneeling African figure in a coastal landscape, the reverse inscribed with four lines of verse, restored chips to the foot, 9.4cm.

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Lot 515
1ST AUGUST 1834: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
A pearlware jug, dated 1834, printed in black with figures celebrating in a tropical landscape, the underside inscribed 'Negro Emancipation August 1st 1834', restoration to the spout, 12.8cm.

Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.197.

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Lot 516
1ST AUGUST 1838: APPRENTICE FREEDOM
An earthenware plate, dated 1838, printed in puce with a scene of young African figures celebrating before a small hut beneath a flag inscribed 'Liberty', titled 'Freedom First of August', within a dense flowerhead border, a restored rim crack, 27cm.


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Lot 517
ABOLITION OF SLAVERY AND WILBERFORCE IN MEMORIAM
A pearlware porter mug, c.1885, printed in black with an African figure standing with arms outstretched in a tropical landscape surmounted by a heavenly shroud inscribed 'Wilberforce', the sides and underside with vignettes and verses extolling agriculture and farming, the interior with a dark red border of grapevine and corn, circa 1885, 11.2cm.
Estimate:  £100 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
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Lot 518
16th OCTOBER 1834: PARLIAMENT FIRE
A small octagonal pearlware nursery plate, c.1834, the well printed in brown with boats on the Thames in front of the burning Houses of Parliament, titled above and below, the rim moulded with husk swags and stylized flowerheads, 14cm.

The use of tally sticks as a most effective and incorruptible method of recording repayment of debt ceased in 1826. On Thursday 16th October 1834, instructions were given that the two remaining cart loads of now redundant split hazel sticks be burnt in the two underfloor stoves beneath the House of Lords. With the job concluded, the workmen retired by 5 o'clock but an hour later the Palace of Westminster was an inferno; the spectacle being recorded by Turner and other artists. Westminster Hall was saved thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters and a change in wind direction.


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Lot 519
REPEAL THE UNION WITH IRELAND
A large pearlware jug, c.1835, printed in black with an idyllic country scene titled 'Ireland With the Repeal', the reverse with a scene of Daniel O'Connell addressing a crowd outside the Four Courts Building in Dublin, titled 'Ireland Without the Repeal', the neck with a wide blue band, 21.3cm.

The Repeal Association was an Irish mass movement set up by Daniel O'Connell in 1830 to repeal the 1800 Act of Union with Britain. Prevalent between 1832 and 1841, it was superseded by the Young Ireland Movement in the late 1840s.

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Lot 520
1835 GENERAL ELECTION IN SHROPSHIRE
A large cobalt blue glazed Coalport electioneering jug, dated 1835, decorated in gilt with details of the twelve Conservative members, the reverse with a quote from Shakespeare's Henry VIII, beneath the spout with a crown and shield highlighted in red, the neck inscribed for the Lord Lieutenant, beneath the handle inscribed 'T Wildig, Shrewsbury', the handle restored, 19.6cm.

Thomas Wildig was a china and glass dealer on Pride Hill in Shrewsbury.

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Lot 521
FREE TRADE
A pair of Minton two-handled vases, c.1835, the urn-shaped bodies well painted with panels of flowers and fruits in the manner of Thomas Steele, between moulded leaf bands reserved on a pale peach ground, raised on cylindrical bases inscribed in black for free trade, unfettered commerce and unity of all nations, upon integral square plinths, restorations, 35cm. (2)

Following the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars, the Corn Laws introduced tariffs and trade restrictions in 1815 in an effort to reduce money flowing out of the country. Between 1830 and 1841, with the Whigs largely in power, pressure was constantly being brought to bear for their repeal.

Provenance: with Mercury Antiques, October 1995.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
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Lot 522
1836 NEW MARRIAGE ACT
A pearlware nursery plate, c.1836, printed and hand-coloured with a blacksmith marrying a young couple beneath the title 'A New Marriage Act', the rim moulded and painted with flower sprays, 17.5cm.

The New Marriage Act of August 1836 gave legality to weddings held in a wider variety of religious faiths.


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Lot 523
1835 MUNICIPAL REFORM ACT
A pearlware jug, c.1837-40, painted in blue 'The corruption of Tory corporations died Dec'r 26th 1836', 'May every Parson shoot a Lawyer and be hang'd for it' and 'A Speedy Downfall to all state Paupers' each within a green foliate cartouche, 17.4cm.

The Act, which was part of the Whig programme of reform, addressed local Government in the incorporated boroughs in England and Wales. It received Royal Assent on 9th September 1835, and came into effect on the 1st January following with 26th December 1836 being a pivotal date.


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Lot 524
1837 WILLIAM IV IN MEMORIAM
A rare small Sunderland lustre jug, c.1837, printed in red with figures grieving at a tomb inscribed with the monarch's dated of death, within a stylized foliate border and pink lustre band, minor chipping to the spout, 12.5cm.

Cf. John & Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery 1780-1900, pl.88.
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Lot 525
1837 WILLIAM IV IN MEMORIAM
A rare Sunderland lustre porter mug, c.1837, printed in black and highlighted in colours with a portrait inscribed with relevant dates, restored, 9.7cm.

Cf. John May, Victoria Remembered, plate 15.

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Lot 526
1838 CORONATION OF QUEEN VICTORIA
A Staffordshire (Read and Clementson) pearlware mug, c.1838, printed in puce with portraits of Victoria and the Duchess of Kent flanking the inscription 'Victoria Regina' above a crown, flowers of the Union and dates, printed mark, 9.8cm.

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Lot 527
1841 GENERAL ELECTION IN SHROPSHIRE
A large cobalt blue glazed Coalport electioneering jug, dated 1841, decorated in gilt with details of the twelve Conservative elected members for the county, and with other religious and trade promoting inscriptions, beneath the handle inscribed 'Wildig Shrewsbury', 23.5cm.

Thomas Wildig was a china and glass dealer on Pride Hill in Shrewsbury.
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Lot 528
ANTI CORN LAWS
A large pearlware coffee pot and cover, c.1845, the oviform body with rib moulding, printed in puce to two sides with a ship inscribed 'Good in Exchange', sailing into a harbour titled 'No Corn Law!!', with scroll moulded handle and spout, some restoration to the spout, the cover's finial broken and reattached, 31.3cm. (2)

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Lot 529
FREE TRADE
A Staffordshire pearlware tobacco jar with plunger, cover and stand, 19th century, printed in black with an inscribed harbour scene, the reverse with a sailing vessel in the background flying a flag inscribed 'Free Trade', the underside of the jar with TP monogram possibly for Thomas Plant, the base inscribed 1877 in puce, 24cm overall. (4)

Cf. John May, Victoria Remembered, pls. 129 and 130.

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Lot 530
MURDER IN THE RED BARN
A copper lustre jug, mid 19th century, printed in black with a building titled 'The Red Barn', the reverse with game birds, and a smaller jug with copper lustre and yellow ground printed with named portraits of Cornwallis surrendering and Lafayette flanked by winged figures, the smaller jug restored, 15.2cm max. (2)

The Red Barn at Polstead in Suffolk was the scene of the horrific murder of Maria Marten by her lover, the Squire William Corder in 1827. The two had arranged to meet at the barn and elope. Instead, Maria was murdered and her body buried in the barn. Corder fled to London, married, started a new life and sent letters to Maria's family claiming she was in good health. Corder was later arrested, tried, found guilty and publicly hanged in Bury St Edmunds in 1828. Such was the interest in this crime that the barn became an attraction and souvenirs were produced.
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Lot 531
1847 DANIEL O'CONNELL IN MEMORIAM
An English porcelain teacup and saucer, c.1847, printed in puce and highlighted in blue, green and yellow with angelic figures supporting a cartouche with a portrait of O'Connell inscribed 'Repeal', within a pink lustre scroll border, the saucer marked 390 in green, an oversprayed star crack to the saucer, 14.6cm. (2)

Daniel O'Connell was relentless in his pursuit of repeal of restrictions upon Roman Catholics, Irish union with Britain and the Corn Laws.

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Lot 532
1852 DUKE OF WELLINGTON IN MEMORIAM
A Parian type jug, mid 19th century, moulded in high relief with a scene of the seated Duke surrounded by figures, glazed to the interior, and a pearlware nursery plate printed in black with an inscribed and dated equestrian portrait, both restored, 19.3cm max. (2)

The seven figures attending the Duke are thought to be Lord and Lady Charles Wellesley, Dr McArthur, Mr Hulke, the local apothecary, and his son, Wellington's valet, Kendall, and manservant, Collin. Cf. John May, Victoria Remembered, pl.189 for the plate.

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Lot 533
1866 POACHER WILLIAM COLLIER'S MURDER OF GAMEKEEPER THOMAS SMITH
A large Staffordshire stone china jug, c.1866, moulded in relief and painted in bright enamels with a scene of Collier with his wife and a child at a cottage door, the reverse with the violent struggle between Collier and Smith, inscribed around the foot 'Presented to James Morrey, By A Friend', the handle moulded with a hare, restoration to the rim and top of handle, 25.7cm.

The incident that led to the last, and somewhat botched, public hanging in Stafford on the 7th August 1866 was one of poaching and murder. To support his wife and seven children, William Collier of Kingsley in the Staffordshire moorlands was, by repute, a poacher. An encounter with the gamekeeper, Thomas Smith, at nearby Whiston Eaves, resulted in a fierce struggle and Smith being bludgeoned to death. Collier was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. George Smith, a Black Country hangman with a reputation for blundering, undertook the execution. Using old rope, his first attempt failed and, with the assembled crowd's anger mounting, his second attempt was successful.

James Morrey is listed on the Staffordshire census returns between 1841 and 1881 as a potter living in Hanley.
Estimate:  £300 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
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