SOLD--Staffordshire Pottery Figure of Sailor Jack Tar

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SOLD--Staffordshire Pottery Figure of Sailor Jack Tar

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A hand-painted Staffordshire pottery figure of a sailor, English, circa 1840, commonly referred to as Jack Tar, depicting a bearded sailor wearing a yellow cap and traditional blue and white striped shirt, navy blue scarf, white pants with black belt and shoes, his hands placed on his waist, with his belly extended, and an old wooden (possibly ceramic originally) pipe in his mouth. This expressive figure has great charm.

Provenance: A private collection of maritime art and antiques in Boston.

Height: 11 1/2” Width: 5” Depth: 4 1/2”

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The name Jack Tar is a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. By World War I the term was used as a nickname for those in the U.S. Navy. Both members of the public, and seafarers themselves, made use of the name in identifying those who went to sea.