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Blue Transfer John Radcliffe Commemorative Jug with Beaker, England, c. 1799, pearlware commemorative jug and matching beaker printed in blue underglaze with the Rocket pattern, the name "John Radcliffe" accompanied with the date "1799" hand-painted in ochre, unmarked, jug ht. 7 1/2, beaker ht. 3 1/5 in.
Provenance: The Zeller Collection.
N.B. The name John Radcliffe and the date 1799 probably refers to John Radcliffe of Stonebreak, merchant (1756-1840) and early Saddleworth industrialist. John Radcliffe was an original subscriber and on the committee of the Huddersfiled Narrow Canal Company which arrived at Wool Road, Dobcross in 1799. It is possible that the date on the jug and accompanying beaker correspond to the date of the completion of the canal at Wool Road, Dobcross. When James Farrar liquidated the Manor of Saddleworth in 1791, John Radcliffe assumed the duties of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, keeping the minutes of thirty-two subscribers intending to purchase the Manorial Rights of Saddleworth for their farms and tenant-held lands. The project was part of a larger endeavor culminating with the completion of the Stanedge Canal Tunnel which opened in 1811.
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