A Ewenny electioneering twin handled mug/loving cup, dated 1895
Produced after the South Glamorgan Election in 1895, a twin handled mug with a waisted profile, inyellow slipware with a sgraffito inscription: "General Election/ South Glamorgan/ July 19th 1895/ Wyndham Quin/ Majority 825" .
The reverse is inscribed within a medallion, "Undeb/ Dros/ Byth" (Union forever), and marked under the base"E Jenkins Ewenny Pottery". Chips to rim and base. Please see photographs..
Size: 11" x 15.75" ( 27.5cm x 40cm)
Aristocrats were often elected MPs in working class constituencies like South Glamorgan. This commemoratesWindham Wyndham-Quin, later Earl of Dunraven., 5th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1857-1952). He was an Irish Peer and Member of Parliament for South Glamorganshire from 1895 to 1906. Forsimilar loving cups see J. M. Lewis, The Ewenny Potteries (1982), p. 104.
David John Jenkins was born into the family pottery business at the Claypits, Ewenny, nrBridgend in South Wales. He married ain the early 1900’s and bought the Ewenny Pottery, making primarily making earthenware pots for use in the kitchen,home and in agriculture. With the advent of the industrial revolution Ewenny became a hub of small potteries, however manyclosed after the demand for tin ware increased combined with the availability of cheaper mass produced china.
Jenkins invented the classical mottled-glazing technique, where the piece isfirstly dipped completely in one glaze, and then splashed with a second glaze, and created sufficient demand that the pottery still exists today .