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‘War against Hitlerism’ teapot: C.32 & A-2006

Object information

Current Location: In storage


‘War against Hitlerism’ teapot


Factory: A.G. Richardson & Co. Ltd




Cream earthenware, transfer-printed in black, blue, green, yellow, and red, and banded in blue and yellow enamels.

Squat, globular teapot with a broad up-tilted spout and domed cover with shallow cup-shaped knob. Decorated with flags and inscriptions. On one side are two flags, the Union Jack and the French Tricoleur, with the words 'LIBERTY AND FREEDOM' on a ribbon below; around these are the flags of Canada, New Zealand, Newfoundland, India, France, and Australia, each labelled in small capital letters. On the other side are the same two flags and over them an oval panel inscribed ‘WAR AGAINST HITLERISM’/This Souvenir Teapot was made for/DYSON & HORSFALL of PRESTON to replace/ALUMINIUM STOCKS taken over for/ALLIED ARMAMENTS, 1939'; below is a ribbon inscribed 'THAT RIGHT SHALL PREVAIL' and around these are the flags of France Eastern Colonies, New Zealand, Canada, France, Union of South Africa and Australia, labelled in small capitals. There are similarly labelled flags of South Africa (under the handle), and India, France Western Colonies and Newfoundland (on the spout). There are thin blue bands around the rim, alternating with yellow bands around the widest part of the body, down the central ridge of the handle, and around the cover knob; the cover also has a yellow band set in from the edge. The underside is recessed and glazed.


History note: Private collection

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Cobridge ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2006-07-17) by Taylor, Derek


20th Century, second quarter#
George VI
Production date: circa AD 1939


During the 1939-45 World War, metals- including railings and domestic items - were collected up for recycling into armaments. This teapot was probably added to the Dyson & Horsfall catalogue as a replacement for aluminium teapots the catalogue had previously offered, and perhaps also recognises the company’s own contribution through surrendering their original stock of metal products.

This patriotic commemorative teapot from Richardson's 'Crown Ducal' range, produced at the start of World War II, is decorated with inspiring slogans, the names of Imperial and Commonwealth countries and positive references to an as yet un-conquered France. Dyson & Horsfall, of 222 Aqueduct Street, Preston, was a mail-order catalogue firm; a 1939 Christmas price-list is held by the National Archives (ref.1341/20) and the catalogue seems to be particularly remembered as a source of Christmas presents. The teapot was produced in volume, and was clearly a successful product: examples are held by The Imperial War Museum (EPH 4624) and the British Museum (2006,0901.1) and others frequently appear for sale.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black, red, green, yellow) enamel ( blue and yellow)
Handle-spout Width 21.7 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slip casting : Slip cast earthenware, glazed, printed and painted in enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a crown with an oval medallion below crossed by a ribbon with penant ends projecting on either side; TRADE MARK is at the top of the oval frame; CROWN/DUCAL/WARE is within the frame; MADE IN ENGLAND is below the frame

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32 & A-2006
Primary reference Number: 131316
Entry form number: 818
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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