Staffordshire highwayman -Tom King- on a horse, c. 1855

$480.00 AUD

Staffordshire figure of a highwayman, probably Tom King, mounted on his faithful steed, a tricorn hat on his head & pistol in hand.

Circa 1855


Very good condition with only minor signs of age.

Two of the most famous highwaymen were portrayed as a pair by numerous Staffordshire potters over a long timespan. Tom King & Dick Turpin had a history together that gripped the pubic’s imagination, like any modern true-crime story does today.

They are often helpfully titled along the plinth; this example has no title, but is probably Tom, not Dick.

ref.  – not recorded in Harding’s volumes; Pugh (1971) illustrates a pair of the same model, p550 plate 6, identifying the right-facing as Turpin and the left (as is this example) as King.




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