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Harvest jug: GL.C.73-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Bideford potter




Red earthenware, covered in white slip, with incised decoration under pale yellow lead glaze. Bulbous body, short neck, pinched into a lip in front, loop handle rolled up into a coil at the lower end. On the front a compass-like device for mariners flanked by a large spray of flowers. Below the handle, in a heart-shaped panel, the inscription 'Now Harvist is Come, I'm Filld with Strong Beer, so make yourself merry and Be of good Chear, But mind that to morrow To work you must go, For if you get Drunk you'l Call me your Foe. 1806'.


History note: Mortlocks', Oxford Street and Orchard Street,; purchased for 13 guineas (£13.13s.0d.) on 11 July 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bideford ⪼ Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: dated AD 1806 : dated

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Now Harvist is Come, I'm Filld with Strong Beer, so make yourself merry and Be of good Chear, But mind that to morrow To work you must go, For if you get Drunk you'l Call me your Foe. 1806
  • Location: Below the handle
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GL.C.73-1928
Primary reference Number: 77103
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 3242
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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