A few days ago we featured a piece of crested commemorative ware in the shape of an old arm chair. Its friend, which arrived with it, is in the shape of a frog with a big gaping mouth.
This is the front of frog and we can see he has the words Market Lavington written across him. The crest here does appear to be Market Lavington St Mary’s Church.
But it hardly looks very frog like so let’s view it from a different angle.
But actually, it is the underside of this one which really adds to the interest.
We can see this is Arcadian China – a common make and tending to be at the cheaper end of this kind of product. It is the rather worn writing at the top which is most interesting.
This says, Made for A Burgess and Son, photographer etc, Market Lavington. No wonder it has an image of the church, based on a real photo by Alf Burgess. Alf, himself, died in 1918 so presumably this frog was made before then so it is at least 98 years old.
It is another lovely little item which can be seen at the museum.