STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE ENAMELLED, SILVER LUSTRE AND BLACK TRANSFER-PRINTED MASONIC JUG OF NAPOLEONIC INTEREST, 1808-11.Est. $600-$800
Printed and heightened in enamels under the spout with a view of “One of the 71st taking a French Officer prisoner in Portugal,” on one side with ‘The Pillars at the Entrance to King Solomon’s Temple,’ allegorical figures, Masonic symbols, mottos and “United for the benefit of Mankind,” and on the other side with a group including ‘Charity’ beneath a masonry arch, the neck surrounded by a grapevine border. Height 9 ¾ inches.The 71st was raised as an infantry regiment of the line, becoming a light infantry in 1809 upon Sir John Moore’s assumption of command. It then became the 71st (Glasgow Highland Light Infantry) Regiment serving in the Peninsular War. The scene depicts a Frenchman offering his watch and money bag to a British infantryman, during the time when British troops first landed in Portugal and the French were driven back into Spain.