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Below are some of the key items the Canadian Boer War Museum has added to its collections in its ongoing efforts to preserve important Canadian heritage memorabilia from this period.

Victorian Commemorative Teapots - 1885-1911

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Boer War "Peace Declared" Teapot, 1902
Orig. ceramic - Size - 14.5 cm h
Found - Grimsby, UK
More Commemorative Teapots of the Boer War - 1899-1902
Rudyard Kipling's Absent-minded Beggar or Gentleman in Kharki Rudyard Kipling's Absent-minded Beggar or Gentleman in Kharki 1900
Rudyard Kipling's Gentleman in Kharki, "The Absent-minded Beggar" 1900
Lord Roberts 1900 Colonel Robert Baden-Powell 1900
Lord Roberts and Colonel Baden-Powell, front and back, 1900
Lord Roberts 1900 Colonel Robert Baden-Powell 1900
Lord Roberts, 1900 Colonel Baden-Powell, 1900
Colonel Robert Baden-Powell 1900 Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain 1900
Colonel Baden-Powell, 1900 Joseph Chamberlain, Colonial Secretary, c 1900
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Queen Victoria, Golden Jubilee Teapot, 1887
Orig. ceramic - Size - 16.5 cm
Found - Brighton, UK
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Queen Victoria, Diamond Jubilee Teapot, 1897
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Maine, US
Signed Copeland
Another signed teapot was made by Copeland in this fabulous white design, with a crown finial.
Boer War Peace Declared: This fabulous teapot, celebrating "Peace Declared June 1902," marked the end of the Victorian era.

This spectacular teapot gets its power from being done in the British "Jackfield" style. Jackfield - called "Black fineware" in early 19th century Massachusetts - denotes a style of pottery featuring a unique, thick, black glaze which gives the appearance of glass to the surface, upon which raised designs of various thicknesses and colours are applied. You can easily feel the raised flowers and petals if you run your fingers over them.

None of the Jackfield commemorative teapots we have seen have been signed.

In June 1902, peace brought to an end the first total war of modern times. The front of the teapot features a large Brit and a Boer shaking hands, over a smaller outlined figure at an anvil, beating swords into plowshares. This overall design can be found on mugs and jugs as well.

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee - 1887: The stunning Jackfield style had been applied to commemorative teapots before, most notably to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 below, and below right.
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Queen Victoria, Diamond Jubilee Teapot, 1897
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Dundas, ON
Signed William Lowe
High end potters also got involved in producing 1897 Jubilee commemorative teapots which they signed.

This one by William Lowe features a design that was used widely on plates, cups, and vases by Lowe. Later they adapted the design to adorn plates and mugs during the Boer War, two years later.

Commemorative Teapots of Edward VII (1902-1910)
The Edwardian Age - 1902-1910: As if rebelling against the darkness of the Jackfield craze, which had been so associated with commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the teapot manufacturers went off in all directions in search of a more gay style of expression.

Some teapots, like that left, were downright ugly, in shape, and design. Which seems to make it all the more desirable for some tasteless collectors... Know where we can get one?

This one was obviously designed by an artist on a bender. The one below it, with a beautiful flow and proportions to the design, is what he set out to make, before he started seeing double and his design slumped.

These teapots styles were all made from blanks used for other applications. The same slumping blank was used for the Baden-Powell teapot above.

Edward VII 1902
Edward VII & Alexandra 1902 Edward VII & Alexandra 1902
Edward VII & Alexandra 1902

An absolutely fabulous design by a most talented artist. But has the colossal amount of crazing ruined it for most collectors? Usually, when crazing covers an entire ceramic item like this, it indicates an artificially created aging technique has been applied to make it look "old." But this teapot comes from a totally reputable dealer...

Or is he just trying to get rid of a teapot he was conned into buying in his early days of collecting...?

More Commemorative Teapots of George V (1911-1936)
George V & Mary 1911
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Queen Victoria' s Golden Jubilee Teapot, 1887
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
Other designs were used on other teapots. This example carries the flags and crown, right, on the back.
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
George V & Mary, Coronation Teapot, 1911
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Windsor, ON
Unsigned
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
George V & Mary, Coronation Teapot, 1911
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Cumbria, UK
Unsigned
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Queen Victoria' s Diamond Jubilee Teapot, 1897
Orig. ceramic - Size - 15.5 cm
Found - Peterborough, ON
In 1897, to celebrate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - sixty years on the throne - new Jackfield teapots appeared. This one has the same design front and back.

The teapot left, at 16.5 cm is also larger than the normal 15.5 cm in height. The rear of the teapot carries the design below, which explains the history behind the celebration.

A variety of other Jackfield designs, example below, can be found featuring the Queen surrounded by flags or flowers on the front, while the back carries an explanation of the event, or a cameo of the Queen as she was on her coronation.

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