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The Jumper Jug: C.1084-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Jumper Jug


Factory: Don Pottery




White lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed in black and painted in enamels

White lead-glazed earthenware decorated with transfer prints in black filled in with yellow, pink, red, shades of brown, grey and black enamels, and banded with dark reddish-brown enamel. Ovoid body with short cylindrical neck, projecting spout, and scroll handle with slightly projecting thumbpiece. Decorated on both sides with a figure of a stout elderly man wearing a red coat and pink waistcoat, standing facing towards the viewer's right, holding up his hat in his left hand. On the hat is a ticket inscribed 'Milton'. Below the spout is a trompe l'oeil torn parchment inscribed 'The Figure there is no mistaking/It is the famous Man for breaking/Oh! that instead of Horse & Mare/ He had broken Crockery Ware/Each grateful Potter in a Bumper/ Might drink the Health of Orange Jumper.’ The rim and the sides of the handle are banded in dark maroon


History note: Mrs Henry Jackson, Sheffield, by whom given to her son, Dr Henry Jackson, Croft Cottage, Cambridge in or before 1875, and after 1890 moved to his rooms in Trinity College, by whom given in 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Swinton ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1807 - 1810


John Clarkson, known as 'Orange Jumper' was a horse breaker of Wentworth, employed to carry despatches between York and Wentworth House, the home of Viscount Milton, one of the two successful candidates in the hotly contested Yorkshire election which took place between 20 May and 5 June 1807. The verse was written by the Rev. Mr Fawkes, Vicar of Barmbrough.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( yellow, pink, red, shades of brown, grey, black, and dark reddish-brown) ceramic printing colour

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Don.Pottery.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1084-1928
Primary reference Number: 71289
Old object number: 923
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 17 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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