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Reform Jug: C.1156-1928

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Reform Jug


White earthenware transfer-printed in dark pink. The jug has a bulbous body, wide straight-sided neck, curved lip and angular loop handle. On the front, a lion crouches in front of two short columns with the words ‘LORDS/MAJORITY/81 COMMONS/MAJORITY/16’ above a crown and the words ‘THE PURITY OF THE CONSITUTION RESTORED 1832’. On one side are circular medallions enclosing portraits and the legends, ‘EARL GREY, LORD ALTHORP, LORD JOHN RUSSELL, LORD BROUGHAM’ with above and below, the words ‘THE ZEALOUS & SUCCESSFUL/PROMOTERS OF REFORM’. On the reverse is a wreath of national floral emblems enclosing the words ‘ROYAL ASSENT/TO THE/REFORM/ BILL 7 JUNE 1832’. On each side of the neck, clasped hands and a floral motif.


History note: Mr Bradley, Hitchin, from whom purchased on 28 November 1908 for 10s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 19th century
William IV
Circa 1832 CE - 1833 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( dark pink)

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Constitution M & T
  • Location: On base
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1156-1928
Primary reference Number: 71427
Old object number: 2924
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

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

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