A pearlware farmer’s God Speed the Plough jug, made around 1800 to 1815. With detailed black transfer print on obverse side and a printed poem on the reverse. Both prints have been partially hand coloured with yellow, iron red, green and purple enamels.
The print is of a farmer, his wife, a farm worker with a wheelbarrow, lots of farming implements, a sheaf of wheat, a dog, a cow, a pig, a horse and the following motto:- "TRUST IN GOD / THE HUSBAND KINS DILIGENCE PROVIDES BREAD".
The poem on the reverse is also surrounded by farming implements including a beehive, with the title "IN GOD IS ALL OUR TRUST". The poem is as follows: "Let the wealthy and great / Roll in splendor and state / I envy them not I declare it / I eat my own lamb / My own chickens and ham / I shear my own fleece and I wear it / I have lawns I have Bowers[?] / I have fruits I have flowers / the lark is my morning alarmer / So jolly boys now / Heres God speed the plough / Long life and succefs to the farmer" with below "INDUSTRY P[ROVIDES ?] [WEALTH ?]" (part of print missing). The neck is painted with black enamel lines around rim and bordering a yellow band around lower neck. It has a ring of simple iron red and purple flower type motifs. The handle is a fairly unusual style. The body colour is quite greyish blue, the clear glaze has a strong blue tint where it pools. Simple turned foot and base.
142mm high to top of spout (approx. 5.6")
Four tiny vertical hairlines from rim (longest is 1.5" with a tiny chip at start). The top edge of the rim on reverse side near handle has a multitude of small chips so that a 2.5" length of rim is roughed or chipped. Some wear to black enamel, mostly on spout.