Posts Tagged ‘commemorative ware’

A birthday mug

September 2, 2016

Ethel Mary Gye was the first born child of Joseph and Lucretia (née Redstone). Her birth was marked by the purchase of a specially decorated mug and this mug is now in Market Lavington Museum.

Ethel Mary was born in 1909 and her parents lived on White Street in Market Lavington so this mug is now a genuine antique. In terms of value, though, it is next to nothing, unless you happen to share name and birthdate with our Ethel Mary.

It’s a pretty little mug with no maker’s mark. It looks as though it spent its life in a china cabinet. It hasn’t seen much, if any, actual use.

1901 birthday mug for Ethel Mary Gye

1901 birthday mug for Ethel Mary Gye

As we see, the writing spreads too far round the mug for a single photograph so here’s a more side on view.

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Here we can see the Gye surname and see that the birth date was December 12th in 1909.

Mugs like this were fairly common amongst slightly more well off folks. We have three of them at the museum.

Market Lavington plate

June 27, 2016

 

This is another new item at Market Lavington Museum and a particularly welcome one for it is unlike other items in style and colour.. But in essence, it is a plate.

Market Lavington plate - about 1910

Market Lavington plate – about 1910

This is quite an elegant plate with its pleasing blue rim with perforated patterns in it. In the centre there is a picture taken across the crossroads in the middle of Market Lavington.

The image on the plate looks along High Street, Market Lavington

The image on the plate looks along High Street, Market Lavington

This looks to be based on an Edwardian photograph so we date the plate to around 1910. Sad to say there are no maker’s marks to help identify it.

We guess that Alf Burgess, the photographer, had them made to sell in his High Street shop.

We’d like to thank Kayleigh for donating this item to the museum.

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.