Chrysanthemum Factory jug, c.1815

This large cream colored milk jug with sprigged decoration of hunters, horses and hounds was made in England in 1815 and bears the mark of the Chrysanthemum Factory, so-called because of the design of the pad mark on the underside. It was made by Charles Bourne and Chetham & Robinson and proved to be a popular design, as it was manufactured in many different forms, sizes and colors.

The striking dolphin shaped spout is minus its original lower half, replaced with a silver one by a tinker or jeweler long ago. It was expertly made as a cuff, snugly attached to the broken remains encased within. The ill-fitted lid, which came with the jug, seems to have been added at a later date by a previous owner. The jug stands 7-1/4″ tall without the lid.

Thanks to Benjamin Allen, whose Facebook group Sprigged & Relief Moulded Jugs helped to identify this piece.









This small cream jug gives you an idea of what the original spout on my larger jug looked like before it was brought to the tinker for repair.


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8 Responses to “Chrysanthemum Factory jug, c.1815”

  1. jackie says:

    So much nicer with the repair!

  2. Diane says:

    Just a most charming prosthetic repair!

  3. Amy Q says:

    I love this and the perfect one is not even perfect, it looks like it has a chip! It’s wonderful how beautifully made the new spout mouth is with the cuff and the raise rim on the outside edge.

  4. Jonathan Rickard says:


  5. ritchie bruce says:

    Such skill, such elegance, truly the human animal can rise to exellence if we only TRY.

  6. Rob Fou says:

    I was researching other Serpent Jugs which are basically a match for this one trying to identify the maker and the applied chrysanthemum flower mark.
    Some of the other Serpent Jugs feature sprig moulds from the Turner brothers of Lane End who were bankrupt in 1806. Their equipment apparently failed to sell at auction so I presume everything was there when the premises was let out. It appears that Chetham & Woolley leased the plant as they used many Turner Moulds till their bankruptcy in 1814. It looks like Chetham formed a partnership with Robinson and continued potting in the old Turner factory.
    The Turner moulds are nowadays in the USA somewhere.

  7. Very interesting information, Rob. Thanks for sharing!