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'Albion' Jug, with cover: C.1-1987

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


'Albion' Jug, with cover


Factory: Brownfield, William




Off-white, relief moulded, smear glazed, stoneware jug with pewter mount and cover.

Globular body with cylindrical neck and projecting lip, decorated in relief and moulded in two parts. Applied, hand-modelled handle in the form of a twisted branch or vine. On the neck, the Royal Arms and Prince of Wales's Feathers, each twice, above a ribbon impressed with the words 'IRELAND WALES ENGLAND SCOTLAND'. On the body, below each country name its coat of arms, each within a quatrefoil, beaded outline and separated by a shamrock, leek, rose and thistle and two ‘ER’ monograms, all crowned. The outside is smear-glazed, the interior fully glazed and shiny. There is a narrow footring and the underside is recessed and smear-glazed. The pewter cover is hinged and has a small foliated thumbpiece.


History note: Jess Applin, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Legal notes

Purchased with the G. H.W. Rylands Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.0 cm
Width: 16.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Cobridge ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1987-02-02) by Applin, Jess


19th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1863


Relief moulded jugs were popular in mid 19th Century homes, where they were used for water, beer milk and other liquids which might now be kept in bottles, cans or plastic jars. The smear-glazing makes the most of the way that colour-stained clays show off crisply-moulded ornament, whilst the stoneware is sufficiently durable for everyday use. There are several examples in the Fitzwilliam Collection.

This jug commemorates the marriage of Edward, Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein, which took place on 10 March 1863 in St George's Chapel, Windsor. The jug was produced both with and without a cover and in different stoneware colours, including blue; it seems to have sold well as it was still offered in the firm’s catalogue, c.1876.

William Brownfield (d.1873), operating in partnership from 1837 and under his sole name from 1850, was one of the most prolific producers of relief moulded jugs. Between 1851 and 1883, the business registered 27 jug designs, noted by Jewitt in 1878 as ‘a speciality of this firm and remarkably good’; some of these were decorated with enamels.

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Components of the work

Cover composed of pewter

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Relief-moulding : Relief-moulded stoneware, smear glazed, with pewter mount and cover.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On neck
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Impressed into circular band surrounding diamond-shaped patent registration mark for 14 October 1863

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Relief moulded with body
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: J.B
  • Location: Underside of base, near rim
  • Method of creation: Impressed stamp
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1987
Primary reference Number: 71533
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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