Black Transferware Tea Caddy Figural Face Shaped Handles Lidded Jar with Nautical Poem


Brand Royal Crownford

Vintage & RARE
Black Honey Glazed TRANSFER WARE Lidded Tea Caddy w/ Twin Figural Face Handles

Commodore John Paul Jones

For consideration is this gorgeous honey mustard glazed, black Staffordshire transferware lidded box or caddy. The handles are beautifully detailed, figural faces.
Each sides depicts a profile of Commodore John Paul Jones
The lid reads the following poem:

The hardy sailor braves the Ocean,
Fearless of the roaring wind,
Yet his heart, with soft emotion,
Throbs to leave his love behind.

Measures 5.5" handle to handle x 5" tall x just under 4.5" wide

Condition: excellent, no chips or cracks, little crazing.

Marked: Royal Crownford Ironstone England

About John Paul Jones:
As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy's first fleet. He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned. Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. Sailors of the United States Navy can do no better than to emulate the spirit behind John Paul Jones's stirring declaration: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."
-Source:Biography in Naval History -