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Puzzle jug: C.1556-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Liverpool pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue with flowers and a wager

Buff eathenware, the body thrown and its neck pierced, and having an applied tubular rim with three spouts, linked to an applied tubular handle with a connecting hole into the lower part of the body. The piercing on the neck forms flower heads with heart-shaped and oval petals outlined in blue. The front of the lower part is decorated with a shaped panel inscribed with a wager, 'Here Gentelmen come try youre skill,/I'll hold A wager if you will,/That you don't drink this lquor all,/Without you spill or lett some fall./Thos Buckley. 1759'. This is flanked by floral sprays. The back of the handle and the rim have scroll decoration.


History note: William Turner, Purley Chase, Atherstone, Warwickshire; the collection was sold in its entirety to Mr Stoner (probably George), London, who kept the best pieces for his shops, and disposed of the rest at Puttick & Simpson on 5 and 6 April 1911. He sold this piece in 1911 for £11 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Production date: dated AD 1769


Attributed to Bristol by Rackham and reattributed to Liverpool by F.H. Garner on 19 August 1964

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Here Gentelmen come try youre skill,/I'll hold A wager if you will,/That you don't drink this lquor all,/Without you spill or lett some fall./Thos Buckley. 1759
  • Location: On exterior of body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1556-1928
Primary reference Number: 72217
Old object number: 3381
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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