Who made this jug?

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An Ip­swich reader is in pos­ses­sion of this small jug. She tells me it was bought from an­tique shop some 30 years ago. She adds that the base of the jug feels quite rough and that it has no maker’s mark be­neath. Well, that is not a lot to go with in the way of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Al­though the photo of the jug is not en­tirely clear, it would seem that the moulded de­sign is of be­wigged mu­si­cians hold­ing an­tique mu­si­cal in­stru­ments – say from the time of Mozart (1756-1791). I do not think the jug dates from this pe­riod. Much more likely is that it was pro­duced in the Vic­to­rian pe­riod. The shape would in­di­cate this. It also looks as if the blanc de chine (French for ‘white from China’) body of the jug is of nice qual­ity with sharp re­lief mould­ings. So, we have an English white glazed moulded jug of circa 1860-1880 – but who could have made it? There are a few well known mak­ers such as Min­ton, Ridge­ways, CopelandSpode and even Wedg­wood that are ‘in the frame’, but I think any of these would have ap­plied an in­cised or painted maker’s mark to the base. There­fore, it is safe to con­clude it is by one of the lesser Stafford­shire mak­ers of the pe­riod, who num­ber several hun­dred in to­tal. It would have a small auc­tion value of around £15-£20.

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