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Puzzle jug: C.38C-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Rye Pottery




Earthenware puzzle jug, pierced, incised and decorated with moulded and applied oak sprays under green and flecked brown glazes.

Earthenware, pierced, incised and decorated with moulded and applied oak sprays under green and flecked brown glazes. Squat bulbous body with cylindrical, neck pierced by circular and triangular holes with a row of incised circles above and below, expanding towards the rim which is pinched at the front to form a lip. Handle in the form of a hollow oak branch, dividing at the top and terminating in sprays of leaves and acorns on the sides, and in broken off twigs at the sides of the neck, each of which is a spout. On the front, inscribed in raised letters 'J.W.L. Glaisher/1912'.


History note: Made for the testator, who visited the pottery in 1912

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 15.7 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Rye ⪼ Sussex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 20th century
Production date: AD 1912 : dated

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: each letter is divided by a line making a cross shape

  • Text: 'S (?)/W' over 'R/Rye'
  • Location: In base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: F.T.M
  • Location: In base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: J.W.L. Glaisher
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in raised letters
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38C-1928
Primary reference Number: 74758
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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