Ashtead Potters Limited
Face Jugs J24,J47,J45 and J28
All modelled by Percy Metcalfe
Left to Right:
Stanley Baldwin - British Prime Minister, 1923-4 and 1924-9
Lord Hailsham (Douglas McGarel Hogg) - Attorney General 1922-1928
David Lloyd George - British Prime Minister 1916-1922
Stanley Melbourne Bruce - Australian Prime Minister 1923-1929.
is the only sitting Australian Prime Minister to have lost his
seat at a General Election. The Ashtead jug serial No.1 of Bruce
has now been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in
The four shown here are all finished in the plain Pearl Barley glaze (k). Stanley Baldwin
and Lloyd George are also known to have been produced in various blue glazes
and white. They were all issued in numbered limited editions - 1000 for each
for the British Prime Ministers and 500 for Lord Hailsham and The Right Hon.
S.M. Bruce. However, the Stanley Baldwin Jug is fairly common and it is
thought that this may have been reissued. Conversely, Bruce being an
Australian subject is much harder to find. The jugs were produced between 1925
to Don Patterson for providing additional information about S.M.
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Ashtead Pottery "Benjamin
Franklin (b.1706) first visited London in 1724. He came at the request of the
Governor of Pennsylvania to purchase printing equipment, a trade he had learnt
from the age of 12 as an apprentice to his brother James. In 1725 he published a
dissertation "Liberty and Necessity". He returned to Philadelphia in 1726 and
soon wrote for and published "The Pennsylvania Gazette" which became an
Benjamin Franklin was also an inventor, a scientist,
musician, philosopher, economist and of course a statesman.
Franklin later became one
of the signatories to the 1776 "Declaration of Independence" - the jug shows
Franklin holding the Liberty Bell. It seems likely that it was the 150th
anniversary of Independence that was the reason for issue, but it could be that
the jug commemorates that earlier period in London - the star date code is for
1925/6. The modelling was by
Percy Metcalfe. The piece stands 25 cms tall. It
states on the base that it is a limited edition, but of how many is not known.
One quart capacity tankard J17
(also catalogued as
This commemorative was issued for the Centenary of the railways, 1825-1925. It
features the engineer
George Stephenson on one side and his pioneering
locomotive the "Locomotion" on the reverse. The tankard was
commissioned by the L.N.E.R. It is finished in buff glaze (t).
Mitcham Charter beaker - no model number
Mitcham in Surrey was given its Charter to hold an annual fair in Elizabethan
times. The fair, traditionally held on August 12th, has taken place virtually
every year since then.
The beaker depicts the coat of arm for Mitcham.
The principal colour of the shield would
be green, a reference to Mitcham Green. The waves indicate a river or
ford, as the upper part of Mitcham was formerly called Witford or Waterford.
Below is a tower, which represents the Great Dwelling or 'Mitchelham', as the
lower part of Mitcham was formerly called. The crossed keys and sword
represent St. Peter and St. Paul, who are the patron saints of Mitcham, the
sprigs of lavender are a reminder of the lavender fields for which the area
was once famous.
The mural crown is a symbol
of civic government.
The reverse of the beaker states "1934 -
Mitcham's Charter Year". Mitcham was granted its Coat of Arms in
September of that year.
Many thanks to
Robert Young for the heraldic information and the Coat of Arms. These came from
civic heraldry website and are used with his
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An Ashtead Pottery "Roman" Jug - no model number
This item loosely falls under "commemoratives". In the 1920's the
site of a Roman villa was found on Ashtead Common (Ashtead lies just to the
west of the course of the Roman road "Stane Street", which ran from
London to Chichester).
The jugs are marked on the bottom: "Hand thrown reproduction of a Roman
jug found in Ashtead Woods June 1926". This one has very glossy finish,
others are more muted, it stands 22 cms tall and weigh 2.5 kilos!!
Ashtead Pottery also made reproductions of roman tiles.
Ashtead "Ypres Memorial" Lion model M57
Sir William Reid Dick
The piece is
a replica of the Lion designed to sit atop the Menin Gate in Ypres (below).
The plinth is marked with the name of the sculptor and is dated 1927. The
model measures about 9" long. It was also produced in a smaller 4"
version (M55) but lacks the clarity of detail of the larger one, and has been
described, rather unkindly, as a "jelly mould"! The smaller model
does not have the inscribed mark or date. The finish is plain Pearl Barley
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The Menin Gate
Ypres Belgium. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. Reid Dick's Lion can be
seen on the top.
pair of Ashtead Pottery 1/2 pint tankards
These bear the message
"Warwick British Legion - Christmas 1929" on the reverse and have
the British Legion emblem on the front. They are finished in Yellow glaze (b)
and have the anchor date mark, but no model number.
Ashtead Potters produced several different pieces for
Bristol. Shown here large jug (J29) with John Percival in
relief on one side and the College Arms (shown in the ashtray) on the other. As
can be seen from the marks below, this piece was designed by Allan G. Wyon. It is is to be assumed that he also desighed the "cho-kr" ashtray (S27) and a pint capacity
tankard (J44). There is also a beaker of similar size to the one for the Mitcham Charter.
This plaque is known as the "Prince of Sportsmen" (model AA). The
plaque, modelled by
Percy Metcalfe, depicts Albert
Edward, the eldest son of George V(1865-1936), who would later a become King
Edward Vlll (1936- abdicated)
courtesy of Robert Brown)
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