Gaudy Welsh lustre jug, c.1840

This type of pearlware pottery “Dutch” shape jug, decorated in the Oyster pattern, was manufactured in England and Wales between 1820 and 1860, although about 80% of the production of this popular form and pattern was done in Staffordshire, England. Standing nearly 5″ tall, it is hand decorated with cobalt blue underglaze and pink lustre, green, and burnt orange overglaze enamels. Although this is not a hard to find jug, I have yet to see one with this type of seemingly simple, yet elaborate inventive repair.

Sometime in the 19th century after the jug was dropped, causing its handle to break into four pieces, a repairer decided to reinforce the broken pieces, rather than create a new metal replacement. The simple loop handle now contains three metal rivets attached through holes drilled at each broken joint, an iron cuff at the bottom, a ring at the top attached to a rivet drilled through to the inside rim, and a splint made from two thin copper wires soldered to the ends and riveted along each joint. I applaud the anonymous repairer who took a different approach with this type of unusual repair and am glad to have the outcome of his creativity in my collection.

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This jug with the same form and decoration has its handle intact.

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Photo courtesy of Ruby Lane

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2 Responses to “Gaudy Welsh lustre jug, c.1840”

  1. I wouldn’t have thought you could drill holes into such brittle material and have it survive … and even hold the weight of the full jug (obviously). On the other hand this shows how, despite that being some kind of mass production in its time, repair still was a serious option back then.

  2. Nic Daniels says:

    I think it should be “Gaudy Welsh” rather than “Welch”. I only mention it as I am Welsh and this type of pottery got its name due to the fact that Welsh people LOVED it! Welsh dressers all over Wales are still crammed full of it!

    Love your site btw.

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