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Earthenware (creamware) jug, slip-cast and glazed, the spout moulded with a leaf motif, transfer-printed with images on both sides, on the front: Winston Churchill, flanked by a warship, tank and fighter aircraft, under an excerpt from the speech he gave to Parliament on 13 May 1940, three days after he had taken over from Chamberlain as Prime Minister: ‘All I Can Offer is Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat’, above a scroll bearing Churchill's remark about the RAF of 20 August 1940 during the battle of Britain, ‘Never in the Field of Human Conflict was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few’. On the back: a bulldog on a Union Jack sitting on a globe with the British Empire shown in a darker tint. Above and below are words from Churchill’s 9 February 1941 broadcast, in which he read President Roosevelt’s quote from Longfellow, ‘Sail on, O Ship of State ! / Sail on, O Union strong and great / Humanity with all its fears / With all the hopes of future years / is marching breathless on thy fate!'. This appeared in Roosevelt's letter of introduction given to his envoy to Britain and political opponent, Wendell Wilkie. Churchill replied, over the radio, with the words above the globe, ‘Give Us the Tools and We Will Finish the Job’. Factory mark on base.
Height: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Made for the American market, to mark the USA’s entry into the war at the end of 1941. The US Patent Number appears at the end of the sequence of design patent numbers for 1941, see https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/issuyear.htm (accessed 3 November 2020). The USA entered the war on 11 Dec 1941, four days after Pearl Harbour, indicating that Spode must have obtained the patent and produced the jug with record speed. The words from Churchill's 1940 speech are slightly misquoted on the jug; it should be 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'.
There was also a version for the UK market, with crossed British and American flags on the back. The jug was reissued in 1965, but in a larger size, and with a different factory mark, see https://winstonchurchill.org/publications/finest-hour/finest-hour-116/churchiiliana-spodes-ellegant-churchill-pitchers/ (accessed 3 Novermber 2020).
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: World War II 1941
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchsed by J. Rudoe at Newark Antiques Fair, October 2020 and passed on to the Museum at cost price.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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