Lord Brougham commemorative spirit flask: 1832

Doulton and Watts

 
Lord Brougham commemorative spirit flask: 1832
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

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Lord Brougham commemorative spirit flask. A saltglaze stoneware spirit flask produced to commemorate the Parliamentary Reform Bill and Lord Brougham. The document in his hand reads "The True Spirit of Reform". Politicians who promoted the Great Reform Bill were seen as heroes. Pottery manufacturers, such as Doulton & Watts in Lambeth, made portrait gin flasks depicting leading figures such as Lord John Russell, Lord Brougham and Lord Grey. Taking samples to Birmingham and Manchester, John Doulton returned with many orders. Over 20 potters worked flat out to meet the demand for such pieces. It was said that London gin tasted better when it was drunk from the head of the Lord Chancellor.

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