Object Title

Staffordshire commemorative jug - Sir Francis Burdett

Staffordshire commemorative jug - Sir Francis Burdett



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Purchased at auction from Peter Wilson, 19 February 2003

Physical Description

A large Staffordshire jug, with an inscription for Wm. Whorrall, S.Bignal, Warwickshire, 1810, over a portrait of Sir Francis Burdett and an inscription reading 'the determined enemy of corruption, and the constitutional friend of his Sovereign'. Below this a representation of a farmer's 'arms' and the phrase 'the husband man's diligence provides bread'. On either side of the jug are rural scenes, hand-painted, in contrast to the transfer-printed inscriptions. Damage around the handle repaired approx mid-20th century with iron staples; 2cm chip on the rim; filled hole approx 6.5cm x 4cm in the base.


OverallHeight380 mm


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'S.Bignal' perhaps the spouse of Wm. Whorrall - the jug might celebrate a wedding. A William Whorrall married a Sarah Yardley at Burton Dassett, Warwickshire, on 24 April 1810 (IGI), but there is no Wm.Whorrall-S.Bignal marriage in the IGI. Sir Francis Burdett was imprisoned in the Tower from 9 April to 21 June 1810.