From Bulletin 155  March 2012.


Can anyone help with an attribution for this Girl at the Well earthenware jug? The dimensions are 11” wide overall (tip of spout to handle); 8.5” tall and 6” diameter internally. It is not the classic Spode pattern but was clearly intended as a “one-off” for John Lovecraft.

Girl at Well 1

As can be seen, the inscription reads:-

John Lovecraft
Born June 10 1805
How kind in all his works & ways
Must our Creator be
We learn a lesson of his praise
In ev'ry thing we see

On the base are the initials 'A B 1824', surrounded by foliage.

Girl at well 2

The foliage is taken from the twigs and leaves on the right of the bush which itself is to the right of the central figure. Does anyone know who AB is?


Some time ago, Jennifer sent in the pictures below which I thought that I had seen in an earlier Bulletin.
Having got a draft of Alan Riley's new Index, I was easily able to check and I am mistaken. Age has probably caused me to get my Spode publications muddled with Friends of Blue(ED). The pictures are of a Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847) sauce or gravy boat made for use at a Turks Head Coffee House.
Coffee Houses seem to have originated in England in about 1652 at Cornhill in London. The first owner was a Turk who sold his coffee 'at the sign of his head', hence the subsequently much used coffee house name. There was a great proliferation of such houses throughout England and elsewhere which, of course, continues to this day. Many even issued their own coins or tokens which would have been useful at times when copper coinage was in short supply.


Turk's Head

Turk's Head