Posts Tagged ‘Alf Burgess’

Another item of commemorative ware

June 7, 2016

Our President was delighted when he saw this in a flea market in Devizes. He couldn’t resist the temptation to buy it for the museum.

It is a piece of Arcadian Ware in the shape of a cannon.

Commemorative ware cannon

Commemorative ware cannon

It carries a crest and the name Market Lavington on the front of it.

'Don't point that at me!'. OK only to show the Market Lavington crest and name.

‘Don’t point that at me!’. OK only to show the Market Lavington crest and name.

The image in the crest is based on a photo of Market Lavington Church.

This item was made for sale in the shop of A Burgess and Son, Photographer etc. of Market Lavington.

Arcadian Ware china made for A Burgess and Son of market Lavington

Arcadian Ware china made for A Burgess and Son of Market Lavington

Now A Burgess was Alf and he died in 1918 which gives a good clue to the age of the cannon. But another clue is written on top.

War Edition ware - made between 1914 and 1918

War Edition ware – made between 1914 and 1918

This is ‘war edition’ and that refers to World War One. The item was made, no doubt amid patriotic fervour between 1914 and 18. It is part of a large range of war appropriate crested ware that was produced.

For the moment, this item can be seen in our ‘New Acquisitions’ display. Later we’ll have to decide whether it goes with commemorative china or First World War.

Many thanks Peter, for finding and acquiring this lovely item.

Alfred Burgess photographs.

August 27, 2015

Today we look at a couple of cartes de visite – those small photos which people were able to use as calling cards. We do not know the people and whilst sometimes we are helped almost immediately with names it is less likely here, with photos well over the 100 years old.

Let’s start with this wasp waisted young lady.

This photo of a young lady may date from about 1900

This photo of a young lady may date from about 1900

The photographer is clearly stated on the front. In this case the back is plain in that same blue colour. The photo has been vignetted which means it has been faded away around the edges.

The clothing suggests a date of mid 1890s – but see below.

Our next photo is of two young lads.

Two young lads - possibly from the 1890s

Two young lads – possibly from the 1890s

This time the background has been retained and Mr Burgess has not got his name on the front. His information appears on the back.

A Burgess carte de visite - the back

A Burgess carte de visite – the back

Readers might like to know that the museum information is written in 2B pencil. It doesn’t fade but can be easily removed if for any reason the photo left the museum. Mr Burgess has provided us with a bit of help dating this one for we can compare this back with others shown at http://www.rogerco.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/time/time.htm . In this case we would estimate about 1890.

The photo of the lady, with the photographer name on the front, strongly suggests early 20th century so perhaps our young lady wasn’t quite up with the latest fashions.