Today we are happy to present for sale a 19th century stoneware Anglo flag pitcher. This truly rare piece was crafted in England. The pitcher is made of stoneware, which is a term for pottery or other ceramics fired at a relatively high temperature. The piece was manufactured by M&A and features the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom used outside of Scotland with Dieu et mon droit (“God and my right”) which is the motto of the Monarch of the United Kingdom outside Scotland. The piece is lavish hand-painted with a bold turquoise-color band around the spout, accented with gilded border and floral detailing. The pitcher features a crossed 35-star American Flag, which become the Official United States Flag on July 4th, 1863. A star was added for the admission of West Virginia (June 20th, 1863) and was to last for 2 years. The two Presidents to serve under this flag were Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Andrew Johnson (1865-1869). The middle of the pitcher features crossed rare and obscure Irish Ensign flags, presumably used for Irish merchant shipping, and presumably official, with green ground, Union Flag in upper left corner, and a golden Irish harp on the main part. The other side features a pair of crossed United Kingdom Union Jack flags. All flags are adorned wirh golden tassels. The front features a golden monogram “HFD(?)”. This pitcher was most likely a commemorative piece gifted as a friendly gesture of unity between nations. Pitcher presents well and is in good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age. There is minor surface discoloring and loss to gilding. There is a stable fracture along inner edge of top rim. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a very rare and obscure piece of Anglo-American history, which will make a crowning addition to any fine stoneware collection. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 10-1/2″ in height, 8-7/8″ in length, 6-1/2″ in diameter (at the widest point)
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