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Box: C.27B & C-1996

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Production: Rye Pottery




Red cardboard box and cover for Sussex Pig (C.27 & A-1996), with a white label on the top, printed in black with a line border enclosing an image of the pig and the inscription 'The Sussex Pig/RYE POTTERY/RYE SUSSEX ENGLAND'. Inside the box is a folding label of the same design with an inscription (C.27D-1996)


History note: New Century Antiques, Kensington Church Street, London, W.

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.6 cm
Length: 14.4 cm
Width: 8.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rye ⪼ Sussex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, Mid#
Circa 1953 CE - 1970 CE

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white label , printed in black with a line border enclosing an image of the pig and the inscription 'The Sussex Pig/RYE POTTERY/RYE SUSSEX ENGLAND'.

  • Location: On the top of box
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: folding label of the same design with, on the back on the left

  • Text: 'And you can pook/and you can shove/but a Sussex pig/he wun't be druv.'/Old Sussex Poem', and on the right 'The Sussex Pig with its motto/wun't be druv' was originally used/at weddings in the country,/to drink the health of the bride and bridegroom with/customary Sussex wit./The head was removable and stood/on its snout as a mug./From this the guests could drink/the traditional 'Hogshead of beer,/without overmuch indulgence./The body served as a jug/and could sit on its haunches./Examples of early Sussex Pigs are/in collections throughout England,/and the British Museum possesses/one from the 18th century.'
  • Location: Inside box (C.27B & C-1996)
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27B & C-1996
Primary reference Number: 81979
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 November 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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