1900 Bass & Co Beer English Advertising Figure Brewery Pub Jug Pitcher

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#AD060 Antique Advertising Figure Stoneware Jug


In wonderful condition, this is a great early English pottery Bass beer British advertising piece depicting surreal and wild looking transferware beer barrel men. They are dancing all around a handsome Victorian era pottery earthenware jug. It has a clearly impressed BASS beer mark on jug bottom.

The figural illustrated advertising men are a series of 9 different early cartoon and comic humourous advertising figures, all appearing in various poses. See our numerous photos, each is a very fun early ad figure.

William Bass Biography, Genealogy & Bass & Co. Brewery History: At age 60, William Bass 1717-1787 founded the famous English Bass beer, also known as the Bass Brewery. He was the son of William Bass 1695–1732, and Hannah Johnson Bass, born 1698. (She is also seen as Hannah Fish Bass) His sibling was John Bass, born 1719. In 1758, he married Mary Gibbons, who died in 1786. Their 2 sons were William Bass and Michael Thomas Bass 1760–1827, who married Sarah Hoskyns Bass and had 7 children: Sarah Bass 1796–1858, Frances Bass 1798–1881, Michael Thomas Bass 1799–1884, William Bass 1801–1880, Abraham Bass 1804–1882, Reverend Roger Bass 1805–1844, Mary Bass born 1879. There is very little genealogy info avaialbale on their other son William Bass III.

William and his wife settled in Burton-upon-Trent, a growing industrial area between London and Manchester. His wife's father was a London publican or pub owner who ran the Red Lion Inn. His business was first a transporter of beer between Manchester and London with his brother John Bass. His carrier business grew, and he took sole ownership carrying Burton made hats, hardware and beer from the local Burton breweries, an upcoming trade. He was already a successful businessman in Burton when he saw an opening for himself the brewery trade.

In 1777, William sold this business and bought a brewery establishing the "Bass & Co. Brewery" in Burton-upon-Trent. He had observed the building of the "Grand Trunk Canal" from 1766-1777 and realized an opening for his own business. The Trunk Canal connected the Mersey to the river Trent. It was a large project heavily supported by famous potter Josiah Wedgwood to establish a mid England or Midlands cross route, allowing the transport of exports to European markets. When it was finished, William stepped in with his own Bass beer brand, eventually exporting to the growing Russian market.

William died a year after his wife, in 1787 at the age of 70. His 2 sons William and Michael took over the Bass brewery, and in 1795 his son Michael took total business control. William and his wife are buried in Burton-on-Trent. The famous Bass red triangle on pale ale casks is was the first British trademark, and a pioneering move in advertising history. Bass Ale was sold to Molson Coors in 2002, a very long and succesful run in English brewery history.

This is a great original and rare 1890's to early 1900's, Victorian to Edwardian era piece in wonderful condition, no chips, cracks or restoration. By 1877, one million of these happy barrels were produced annually in Burton-On-Trent, making it the largest brewery in the world and UK's best selling beer. Burton sits 20 miles from the famous Staffordshire potteries, and we strongly feel this old piece was made there and probably by Doulton Lambeth. A wonderful early Breweriana history and pub jug. We only have this one, a luscious little piece!

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Size: 4 x 5 inches
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