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Worcester Yellow-ground Armorial Porcelain Jug,
Barr Worcester decorated at Chamberlains,
circa 1800

The Worcester porcelain covered jug with an elaborate armorial coat of arms on a white and yellow ground with bands of fine gilt flowers.

Dimensions: 9 inches High.

Reference: Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain, 1783-1840, Henry Sandon, Page 50, Plate 33 for a jug with this exact same form.

The College of Arms researched the armorial for me and wrote the following:

"The arms on the jug may be blazoned Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Or A Lion passant proper a Bordure engrailed Gules, 2nd and 3rd, Azure a Fess Ermine between three Lions rampant Argent and for a crest A Lion passant. A search in our pictorial indices found that the arms in the first and fourth quarters were confirmed as a quartering to a family named Dauyes at the visitation of Shropshire in 1584 (Coll. Arms D10/88). The family from whom the quartering came is not specified, and the lion is azure rather than proper.

The crest has been used from the earliest times by many families including Rosthorne (Coll. Arms C37/118), Scull (Coll. Arms K6/84) and Holbach (Coll. Arms 2C22/276). However, none of these crests on record are recorded alongside the arms on the jug.

It seems likely, therefore, that the arms on your jug are an invention by a family or an artisan on their behalf. It was a common practice for families who had come up in the world to assume arms without the authority of the heralds."


22.86 high

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