A striking pair of vintage pirates. These rare ceramic Toby jug lamps by Shorter & Sons depict the pirate king from Pirates of Penzance and Long John Silver complete with parrot on his shoulder. These are the perfect gift for any fan of swashbuckling tales and smugglers of old. These don’t come up very often and especially not in this condition.
The technical bit-
Two extremely rare Shorter & Son Pirate character jug lamp bases. The Toby jugs were designed by the Burslem pottery firm Shorter & Sons in 1940s . Characters from the D'Oyly Carte Company were photographed in their costumes and in poses that they felt best represented their characters. As Art Director of Shorter's, Clarice Cliff was responsible for the design of the series although the figures were modelled by various artists.
Made from the same mould in small numbers some of the figures were produced as lamp bases and these two such figures are The Pirate King from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and long John silver. Both in extremely good condition they have been fitted with a brass extension neck so as to better facilitate the fitting of a shade. Both fully rewired and fitted with a contemporary e14 bakelite style bulb holder.
Measurements approx -
Base is 3.5” wide x 5” x 13” to top of bulb holder
9cm wide x12cm x 33.5cm to top of bulb holder
For overseas buyers this can be supplied with a EU or US plug
For US buyers this lamp will be tested in a 240V to 120V stepdown voltage converter which will ensure that it will be suitable for a US supply.
All our lamps are safety checked and Pat tested by a C&G qualified technician.
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