An Admiral Lord Nelson Trafalgar Teapot, 1806
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Height: 15cm (6in)
An Elijah Mayer faux basalt teapot and cover applied with plaques commemorating Admiral Lord Nelson’s death and victory over the combined fleets of France and Spain on 21 October 1805. Of rounded rectangular form decorated with scallop shaped panels, one containing a vignette of Britannia and an angel engraving a plaque 'Nelson Oct 21' before and obelisk inscribed ‘Pro Patria’ and verso one with trophies of war, victor’s laurels, 'Trafalgar' battle honour scroll and a Naval Ensign flanked by a crocodile and pyramid in reference to the victory at the Nile, and a fort on a moulded vermiculi ground below a Greek key band. Length: 27cm.
Elijah Mayer (fl.1770-1813) operated at the Cobden Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. He was a potter of considerable eminence, and he produced an extensive variety of goods. His Egyptian black or basalt ware rivalled that of Wedgwood with sharp well defined detail.
Edwards, D. (1994) ‘Black Basalt’, plate 296, page 199.