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Garfield Commemorative Jug: C.25-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Garfield Commemorative Jug


Factory: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons




Cream earthenware, transfer-printed in maroon and painted in green, blue, pink, orange, red, and maroon enamels and gilt. On one side is an oval portrait of the United States President J.A. Garfield (1831-1881) with above on the neck, 'GARFIELD/BORN 1831 PRESIDENT 1881', surrounded by orange stars; on the other side, the arms of the United States of America, an eagle on a shield flanked by United States flags and above, on a scroll, 'E PLURIBUS UNUM'; on the front, the arms; on the neck, a laurel spray; and down the back of the handle, overlapping scales.


History note: Purchased at Mr Summers' shop in Ramsey (?Rumsey) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher on 11 August, 1917 for 12s. 6d.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, Late#
Victoria I
Circa 1881 - 1882


This jug may have been made to commemorate the election of J.A. Garfield or his death. J.A. Garfield was born in 1831, elected in 1880, inaugurated on 4 March 1881, shot on 2 July 1881, and died on 19 September 1881.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, blue, pink, orange, red, and maroon) gilt
Spout To Handle Width 21.2 cm

Materials used in production

Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Cream earthenware, transfer-printed onglaze in maroon and painted in green, blue, pink, orange, red, and maroon enamels and gilt.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed in purplish brown
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: F 1015
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1928
Primary reference Number: 11695
Glaisher number: GL. 4846
Old object number: C.80-1928
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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