England: Copeland/Spode, 1941. This is a handsome piece of Churchilliana, an illustrated jug produced by Copeland/Spode in 1941. A large piece at 7.5 inches tall, it was produced under wartime restrictions. One side of the pitcher features a cameo of Churchill with a warship to his left, a tank to his right, and a fighter aircraft above him. In an arc above the aircraft – slightly misquoted – is a line from Churchill’s 13 May 1940 speech: “ALL I CAN OFFER IS BLOOD, TOIL, TEARS, AND SWEAT.” Below Churchill’s image is a ribbon bearing a quote from his speech of 20 August 1940: “NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW”.
This is a particularly clean example. We conservatively grade condition as near fine, notably clean inside and out with no appreciable soiling (apart from the bottom edges), no chips, and no discernible crazing visible even under raking light. Only the bottom interior of the pitcher shows trivial soiling.
The pitcher was likely created by the company’s own designers, since no particular artist is credited with it in Spode’s records. There were various iterations of the pitcher, with the side described above constant but the other side of the pitcher varying significantly in appearance. This pitcher is Pattern F448, identified by a bulldog on a Union Flag bestriding a globe with the British Empire shown in dark color. Over and under the design is the February 1941 exchange of quotes between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. In a ribbon below the globe, Roosevelt quotes Longfellow: “SAIL ON, O SHIP OF STATE! | SAIL ON O UNION STRONG AND GREAT | HUMANITY WITH ALL ITS FEARS | WITH ALL THE HOPES OF FUTURE YEARS | IS HANGING BREATHLESS ON THY FATE!” Churchill’s reply appears above and to the left of the globe: “GIVE US THE TOOLS. | AND WE WILL FINISH THE JOB!” (See Max Edward Hertwig’s article in Finest Hour, Issue 116, Autumn 2002, Page 36)
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Reference: Douglas Hall, Churchilliana, pp.146-7. Item #006219