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Eglinton Tournament Jug: C.5-2021

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Eglinton Tournament Jug


Factory: William Ridgway, Son & Co
Proprietor of factory: Ridgway, William




Pale blue stoneware, relief-moulded, mounted with hinged Britannia metal cover with thumbpiece. The body of the jug depicts knights in armour, some standing, some jousting on horseback, between an upper border of moulded gothic window tracery and corbels and a lower borders of gothic fleurs-de-lys and grapevines.

Pale blue stoneware, relief-moulded, mounted with hinged Britannia metal cover with thumbpiece. The body of the jug is approximately pear-shaped with an upward flaring lip and a vertical band below the angular handle. It stands on a low circular pedestal foot with twelve alternately curved and straight facets round the edge. The side of the body is decorated with knights in armour, two standing, two jousting on horseback, either side of a striped tent, between an upper border of moulded gothic window tracery and corbels, and a lower borders of gothic fleurs-de-lys and grapevines. with window tracery below.


History note: The family of the donor, Dr Robert Ridgway

Legal notes

Given by Dr Robert Ridgway

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by (2021-11-22) by Ridgway, Robert


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1840


The 1830s witnessed a revival in interest in the Middle Ages, especially tales of romance and chivalry. On 28 August 1839, Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton and Winton, hosted the famous Eglinton Tournament, at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland, in which the Earl and his guests dressed themselves in medieval-style costumes and took part in processions and competitions. Torrential rain spoiled the first day, and the jousting and melée took place a couple of days later. The tournament was open to the public and attracted tens of thousands of spectators but was arguably a deliberate set piece of romanticism in the face of the widespread social and ideological upheaval experienced throughout Europe during the 1830s. A variety of commemorative souvenirs was produced, including textiles and ceramics, including a range of moulded jugs, in different colours and sizes, by Ridgway Son & Co. This is a particularly large example, and is also mounted.

School or Style

Gothic Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Body And Handle composed of stoneware ( pale blue)
Cover composed of alloy ( probably Britannia metal)
Foot Diameter 9.2 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: impressed inscription

  • Text: Published by / W. RIDGWAY SON. & Co. / HANLEY / September 1. 1840
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 12 / I
  • Location: On base below maker's mark
  • Method of creation: Impressed with stamp
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: rectangular white card printed; the first three words in Gothic style script

  • Text: Ridgway/Jousting Jug/Sept. 1st 1840/dated/........
  • Location: Loose inside jug
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-2021
Primary reference Number: 307499
Object entry form: 1555
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Audit data

Created: Monday 29 November 2021 Updated: Thursday 28 July 2022 Last processed: Thursday 28 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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