Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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19/04/21 - Our Walsingham Store is now open for business but operating on reduced hours!

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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A Rare Mid 19th Century English Antique Stoneware Jug With Applied Polychrome, Bearing The Royal Coat of Arms of The United Kingdom and by Repute Linked to George Gore (1826 - 1908), His Research Leading to the Invention of the Safety Match

  • Reference : 5300
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Height approx 9 3/4"
  • Price : £1200


A rare 19th Century English antique stoneware jug of baluster form and applied polychrome with the Royal Coat of Arms representing Queen Victoria and her cypher "VR" and bearing the motto of the UK monarchy outside Scotland "Dieu et mon droit", meaning "God and my right" on the bottom scroll below the Arms, together with the second motto above "Honi soit qui mal y pense", a French maxim, meaning "shame on anyone who thinks evil of it" and used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. 

The jug also bears the inscription "Presented by his brother George Gore Jan 28th 1850" and bears the initials "HG".  The writing applied to the base appears to be slightly later and whilst we have no written provenance, we understand that this jug may once have been decorated as a marriage gift to celebrate the marital union of Hannah to George albeit their marriage was a year earlier in 1849.

We understand that George Gore had no brothers so the reference to "brother" may be a context of a friend or society member.

The invension of the safety match has been attributed to George Gore himself thanks to his research with phosphorous.

Gore, born at Blackfriars, Bristol on 22 January 1826, he was son of George Gore, a cooper in the city. He was educated at a small private school, and at twelve became an errand boy. At 17 he was apprenticed to a cooper, following the trade for four years.

In 1851 Gore moved to Birmingham, working first as timekeeper at the Soho Foundry, and then as a practitioner in medical galvanism, He subsequently became a chemist to a phosphorus factory; from 1870 to 1880, was lecturer in physics and chemistry at King Edward's School, Birmingham; and finally, from 1880 onwards, was head of the Institute of Scientific Research, Easy Row, Birmingham, which he ran, and where he resided for the remainder of his life.

In 1865 Gore was elected Fellow of the Royal Society as the discoverer of the amorphous allotrope of antimony and electrolytic sounds, and for researches in electro-chemistry. In Birmingham, manufacturers used new methods which he suggested for electroplating. The University of Edinburgh made him hon. LL.D. in 1877, and in 1891 he was allotted a civil list pension.

Gore died at Birmingham on 20 December 1908, and was buried there at Warstone Lane cemetery.

Condition - the jug is in good overall condition with its original wooden stopper. There are some paint losses commensurate with age to the jug. There is evidence that the handle has been re-attached at its base but is almost undetectable. There is also a rim frit to the base.  Please refer to the images for further information.

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