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The Unnamed man commemorative Jug
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Sharpes Pottery Museum
West Street
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
DE11 9DG
United Kingdom

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The Unnamed man commemorative Jug

This unique piece originated at Bretby Art Pottery in Swadlincote but beyond that it’s purpose is somewhat of a mystery.

In 1936 Bretby Art Pottery produced a series of items in anticipation of the Coronation of King Edward VIII. Following his abdication these items had to be hurriedly remodelled for the Coronation of George VI. These were designed by Jessie Warren (the younger) and manufactured in two sizes. On first glance the two heads seem very similar but when closely compared there are two key differences: Firstly, the handle on Edward forms an E whilst the handle for George forms a G. Secondly, Edward’s collar shows the leeks representing the Prince of Wales which are omitted from George’s collar and replaced with other detailing.

The man before you, however has neither a G or an E in his handle and is coloured in a manner, which to our knowledge, never went into production. To add further intrigue “1937” is inscribed in the base.

Several facts can be put together to suggest its origin. The mould used closely matches that of Edward VIII but the lack of definition suggests use of an old, used mould. The date on the base, lack of an E stem in the handle and casual colouring finish suggests the piece was never intended to be a finished production piece for sale. We suggest two possibilities:

The piece was used as a trial for future coloured pieces.

The piece was used by a trainee to practice colouring using an old mould.

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The Unnamed man commemorative Jug
In 1936 Bretby Art Pottery produced items in anticipation of the Coronation of King Edward VIII.  Following his abdication these items had to be remodelled for the Coronation of George VI.  This piece seems to represent neither king and is believed to be a practice piece.
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