Sunday, 17 April 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Richard Edge 1807

I sat reading the Western Morning News published yesterday 16th April and turned towards the back where there is always details of forthcoming auctions of collectibles. Every now and again something catches my eye. Yesterday's edition was no exception.

This is from the forthcoming auction of Bearnes Hampton  & Littlewood of Exeter scheduled for Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April 2011. (I am not connected to either the seller of the item or the auctioneers)

Described as West Country Documentary Pottery Flagon with an expected auction price of £200-£400.
This is an item of someones family. Sadly about to be sold to the highest bidder. These types of items are usually engraved to commemorate an event, this is probably a birth as a marriage would normally show details of the bride.

The details are of Richard Edge and the date May (12) 1807. 

A very quick search revealed a few entries for Richard Edge, but none in the West Country, but, upon thinking about it, it could well be a simple case of the pottery alone is from the West Country and not the recorded event. It was not uncommon for existing pieces of china and pottery to have the engraving added at a later date.

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