Large ‘Iron Bridge’ lustre jug, interesting Sailor’s verse, Sunderland c. 1820

$475.00 AUD

LargeSunderland Pottery jug, printed with two oval panels to the sides, one the ‘Iron Bridge’ commemorative with details of construction & the opening date 1796; the other with a sailor’s verse within a flower wreath with small ship at top:

“Then noble bark of brightest fame,

That hearst proud England’s honoured name

Right welcome home once more!

Welcome then gallant little sail

In England’s name I bid thee hail!

And welcome to her shore.”

the whole with purple lustre lines to rim & foot, and abstracted smears as a ground.


circa 1820


Condition: damaged, with amazing web of riveted cracks, some staining to rim & handle. Despite this, displays surprisingly well.

ref.  The TransferCollectorsClub  website has a jug with a version of this print, (13098) by Dixon & Co – but also several other close versions, and a discussion on how difficult it is to attribute these very similar potteries by the prints. There was obviously a lot of ‘sharing’ going on!  Interestingly, this rather obscure sailor’s verse doesn’t appear to be recorded.

The Iron Bridge over the Wear is still there, and regarded as the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution that transformed the world…..




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