This is a wonderful old biscuit jar decorated with two of Hugh Thomson scene from "Coaching Days And Coaching Ways". We attribute this piece to Ridgways, circa 1890 Hanley, Staffordshire England. One side has a scene that depicts several gentlemen on a stage coach and four horses racing down a road. It is captioned "Racing the Mail". The other side has a horse and rider racing after the stage coach. This scene is entitled “A Winter Days Amusement”. The lid has a scene of a horse pulling a plow with a farmer in the field and people horses walking up the hill. Three raised leaves are around the round finial. Hugh Thomson (1860-1920), the famous illustrator, did a wonderful series of drawings for the book, first published in 1888, by Mac Millan & Co. The book's popularity was underscored by the success the Ridgways firm had upon issuing their long series of "Coaching Days" ware. The background of the cracker jar is a wonderful tobacco-brown and other various shades of brown. A black transfer of the drawings on the brown background really stand out and make this piece pop. The wrapped handle, silver bands and knobs give the piece a nice added accent. The handle has a piece missing that goes around the jar and there is light overall crazing, otherwise, in fine condition. Please see pictures for condtion.
Backstamp: British Manufacture Old English Coaching Day By Permission of MacMillian & Co Ltd
Measure: 6 ½” W x 61/2”H
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