An extremely rare (probably unique) Royal Doulton, prototype design trial, character jug / toby mug of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. This large jug was modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and hand painted in England. The production version numbers D6932 and was character jug of the year in 1993.Lord Horatio Nelson(1758 – 1805) was famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was well known for his inspirational leadership and unconventional yet strategic tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye. Of his several victories, the best known was the Battle of Trafalgar during which he was shot and killed.The production version of this character jug was made to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21th 1805. This is curious as 1993 seems to be unrelated to that date. The handle is that of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. The standard jugs all have on the base, Lord Nelson's famous last words 'England expects that every man will do his duty'. As this character jug is a design trial it would have been produced in 1992.This Character Jug differs from the standard production model in that the flag on top of the HMS Victory is that of the Union Jack instead of the St George Cross with a small Union Jag flag in the upper quadrant. In addition to this design difference this model has gold overlay highlights to Lord Nelson's uniform, instead of the standard yellow. The medal around Lord Nelson's neck also has gold highlights instead of the standard silver highlights. The base stamp is that of the Royal Doulton symbol and the words 'This item is the property of Royal Doulton (UK) Ltd and title to this property remains with the company at all times'. There is also a 'Design Original Sample' stamp.The Charlton Standard Catalogue Royal Doulton Jugs 10th edition lists in its notes on page 379 that a 'colorway exists with the uniform trimmed with gold. This colorway was not put into production'. Similarly the colour trial with gold highlights is listed in a Century of Royal Doulton on page 328. Only a few of these color trials are known to exist. This is the only known example (both with or without highlights) to have the design difference on the flag and thus we consider it unique.Lord Nelson stands approximately 8 inches tall (large) and is in perfect condition (no chips, cracks or crazing).Domestic: Flat-rate of $90.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.Location: This item ships from Israel
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