Liverpool Pitchers with a Maritime Theme

    

    

Here we have a beautiful Creamware Liverpool Pitcher circa 1800 that has a scarce red transfer of a United States gunship with an American flag bearing 15 stars.  The reverse transfer on this 7 1/4" tall pitcher is of York Rite interest.  It pictures the interlocking triangles of the Seal of Solomon with the Latin phrases "In Hoc Signo Vinces" meaning "Under this sign we will conquer."  Underneath is another Latin phrase "Memento Mori" which is used in the Latin phrase "Tempus Fugit Memento Mori" meaning "Time Flies; Remember [that you will] Die."  Under the spout in enamel lettering is the name of the original owner, Joseph Lufkin. 

During the 19th century and the great Age of Sail, many Masonic Brethren "went down to the sea in ships."  Their maritime professions ranged from ship builder, or ship's Master, to simple mariner.   Wherever they traveled, Masonry traveled with them.  A number of duly constituted Masonic Lodges were created in the East Indies, South and Central America, the Mediterranean and other ports around the world where seafaring Brethren could meet and enjoy fellowship.  Traveling certificates, often printed in three or four languages, attested that they were Master Masons in good standing and eligible for admittance to these foreign Lodges.  During long voyages, there were other opportunities to reaffirm the dual bonds that bound them to the sea and Masonry.  Without official sanction, Freemasons seldom lost an opportunity to hoist Masonic flags and pennants while underway, or in port, in efforts to recognize one another.  These displays often resulted in meetings where brotherhood and good fellowship could be more thoroughly enjoyed.  In a number of countries, the Papal bull of 1738 continued to prevent the conduct of open Masonic meetings ashore, but probably gave rise to their safe retreat aboard sovereign ships lying at anchor in the harbor.  Life at sea was hazardous in the 19th century, and necrology published in Grand Lodge Proceedings often grimly announced "death at sea" of many mariner Brethren.  Despite the hazards of life on the briny deep, Freemasonry proudly rode the waves as the legacy of the above Liverpool Pitcher will testify.

The vast majority of these pitchers have damage and this one is no exception. Keeping in mind that it is 200 years old. This red color transfer is much scarcer than the black ones.

A Multi-colored Liverpool Pitcher with a Maritime Theme

   

    

This is a very rare and unusual piece of early English Staffordshire Pottery made for the American market circa. 1850.  This Jug / Pitcher has black transferware decorations with polychrome colors added.  One side has a Masonic Motto, the other side has The Gauntlet Clipper Ship flying a tattered American Flag and what looks like a Masonic flag aft of that. It has hand applied Orange / Rust Color Lustre decoration as well.  This pitcher measures overall approx. 6 1/2 Inches tall x 7 3/4 Inches long ( Handle to Spout ) x 6 Inches Wide.

         

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