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Falcon Ware ‘Cottage Ware’ Bridgemere Jug

This is a highly attractive and unusual transfer printed jug by Falcon Ware.
Stock Ref No: LAC002208
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This is a highly attractive and unusual transfer printed jug by Falconware. Falcon Pottery was owned by Mr. Thomas Lawrence, who founded it in 1888. In the 1920s, it was taken over by his nephew, Mr. John Grundy. In 1938, Mr. Richard Hull and Mr. E. J. Dennis of Shaw and Copestake (SylvaC) acquired Thomas Lawrence (Longton) Ltd, Falcon Pottery, Waterloo Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Richard Hull junior having married Miss Eileen Grundy, the great-niece of the founder. In 1955, after the constraints of the Second World War, the two works were combined on new premises, and this was the beginning of not only a vast change in production techniques, but also changes in the marketing of the products. For a while products were produced under both trade names, but in 1962 Thomas Lawrence ceased trading under its own name and became fully merged with Shaw and Copestake Ltd by 1964. No more items with the Falcon Ware mark were produced after this date. The body of the jug sits on a small foot rim, which curves outwards and then tapers inwards to just below the rim. The rim also curves outwards and is circular with an extension forming the pouring spout. The strap-like handle extends from the rim downwards to just below the base. The rim, handle and foot rim are all decorated in gilt. The front of the jug bears a transfer print featuring a thatched cottage with its garden and bearing the word ‘BRIDGEMERE’. This is the name of a town in Cheshire. The reverse has a small print, featuring stylised reeds and flowers. The base is marked in the centre with the word ‘ENGLAND’ above the monogram ‘LG’ and a banner containing the words ‘FALCON WARE’. The ‘LG’ stands for Lawrence and Grundy and dates the piece to the 1920s to 1930s. The jug has a height of approximately 18.2cm, with a diameter at the rim of about 10.6cm and at the base of about 9.1cm. It is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks, although the gilding is slightly rubbed in places. I will also mention, for the sake of completion, that there is a ‘dent’ in the foot rim, which is a manufacturing artefact. This is not a chip as it has been glazed over.

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