1860's 2 Portly Victorian English Drinking Men Staffordshire Figures
#AD090: Pepperpot Men
What we have 2 upper class dandy 19th c. British twins drinking ale! They wear deep cobalt blue jackets with touches of gold gilding, black 19th c. silk cravats at their necks, and fancy embellished cream and orange vests. One wears jolly pink trousers, and the other lemon yellow!
This pair dates circa 1860's, as per the deep cobalt glazed coloured coats,. They may or may not have had some kind of stopper such as metal, cork or pottery to hold pepper, vinegar, condiments, writing ink, were they scent bottles? Or, were there no covers and their tops were open to hold fancy old writing dip pens? That is an unknown. We have never seen any other like these uncommon twins in searches and travels. They are a wonderful and handsome pair.
Condition: Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. There is some tiny flaking on pointy edges, some slight yellow age discoloration to bases, and very nice age crazing on the yellow trousers. There is a very bottom edge rim flake to the pink trouser man., see photos. Click images to see condition in close up views.
Overall, they display wonderfully and are in very good condition. They both exhibit a white clay pipe in relief at their feet, seen laying on the plinth base. This is a wonderful English toper figural duo, sold as a pair and ready for a new home. They were recently found in the Tavistock, Devon, England area near Dartmoor National Park. Cool dudes!
Size: 6.25 x 2.5 inches each (2)
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