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Bulldog Jack by Royal Doulton in Trinity House Cap, 1941
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Bulldog Jack by Royal Doulton in Trinity House Cap, 1941

Measurements: Height: 11cm (4.5in)

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The medium sized version of the three Bulldog figures first produced in 1915 by Royal Doulton, but differenced for 1941 only by the addition of the Trinity House cap favoured by the wartime prime minister.

Bulldog Jack first appeared (hatless) during the First World War as a symbol of British resolve that endured down the decades. In the darkest days of World War Two, Jack was revitalised by Charles Noke, Royal Doulton’s veteran designer, as a symbol of ‘backs-to-the-wall’ patriotic spirit, with the addition of the Churchillian attributes of a cigar, Trinity House cap or the ‘bowker’ as favoured by the PM. These rare latter figures were produced for twelve months during 1941-1942. Jack further inspired other wartime bulldog figures wearing headdress of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Charles John Noke (1858-1941) joined Royal Doulton’s Nile Street works at Burslem in 1889 as Chief Designer from Royal Worcester with whom he had been apprenticed while attending the Worcester School of Design. Later as Art Director from 1914 he was hugely influential in helping Royal Doulton establish itself as a world leader in producing many ranges of pottery using differing techniques. He is also noted for his major contribution in reviving the fortunes of British made figurines in general by firstly persuading Henry Doulton that he could design figures that would sell and by successfully launching them in the face of stiff international competition at the Chicago World Fair of 1893. While the majority of Doulton’s character studies and figurines have remained strictly products of their time, Bulldog Jack in all his sizes and guises has transcended the decades to become an all-time British ceramic design classic as evinced by screen appearances in next chapter of the James Bond saga - ‘No Time To Die’ (2020) and the 2011 film version of John le CarrĂ©’s ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.

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