King of Prussia Jug


About this object

Not all the objects that disappeared after the May Blitz were destroyed by the fire. There are many stories about the museum’s objects and what happened to some of them during the chaos that followed the bombing of Liverpool. It is said that some objects were taken from rubbish bins outside the museum, some were given to air wardens in thanks for their brave work, and some objects were also looted.

In the case of the King of Prussia jug it was thought that it had been destroyed in the Ceramics Gallery that was badly damaged by the fire. However, more than 50 years later it reappeared for sale in an auction catalogue. The museum’s staff had changed over the years, but they recognised the jug immediately and eventually it returned to the museum’s collection. If objects could talk it would surely have an interesting story to tell about what happened that night.
  • Date
    About 1760
  • Maker
    Richard Chaffers
  • Materials
    Porcelain; Thrown; Glazed
  • Credit line
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, 4th floor, Case 05
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Measurements
    19 cm
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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