Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Soldier’s Friend ..........

Now I was introduced to crested porcelain figures by my old friend David Harrop.

He has a growing collection made as souvenirs during the Great War and some featured in the book, Manchester Remembering 1914-18.*

Before the war the porcelain companies had turned out a host of different china figures many of which were linked to the seaside resorts and carried the coats of arms and names of the holiday towns.

And with the outbreak of war it just made economic sense to focus on war themes.

So there were tanks, ambulances, battleships and even a bull dog.

All of which makes this Red Cross Nurse figure no surprise.

It carries the coat of arms of the City of London but no doubt there were others destined for everywhere from Manchester to Liverpool, and Newcastle to Belfast.

Location; London

Picture; porcelain figure date unknown from the collection of David Harrop

*A new book on Manchester and the Great War,

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