Earthenware toby jug modeled as Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), the British naval commander and hero who died during the Battle of Trafalgar.
The unmarked piece stands approximately 11-3/4" tall on an oval base that measures about 4-1/2" x 4". It weighs a hefty 2 pounds, 3 ounces.
The jug is modeled to represent Nelson with his back against a rocky mound from which a tree-like projection forms a handle. The figure holds a horn in his only hand. Behind him is the barrel of a cannon, and to the sides are a flag and an anchor with a rope. Below the figure's feet the name, "Nelson," is painted in script.
The figure is painted in yellow, cobalt blue, black, iron red, brown and green. There is fine crazing in the glaze over the entire piece. While most of it is clean, in some areas the crazing has become discolored -- this is most obvious on the legs and face of the figure.
Friction wear to the foot of the jug points to this piece's being an older one, probably dating to the last third of the nineteenth century. There is little doubt that the piece was made in England.
Condition: very good for its age with no breaks, chips, or repairs that we have been able to find. The only flaws are the darkened lines in the crazing.
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