Character Jug

Production date
1934-1956
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Character jug, featuring a hand-painted, smiling face designed to be an advertising jug for Beenleigh Rum. The text, 'Beenleigh Rum', is hand-painted under rim of jug on the character's cap.
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Ablutions jug
Measurements
H120 x Dia.134mm
Media/Materials description
Earthernware, ceramic
Signature/Marks
BEENLEIGH RUM
DESIGNED BY \ ADVERTISING MODELLING CO., \ CHAS. LUTHER \ SCULPTOR \ ALBERT HOUSE \ MADE AT \ BRISTOL POTTERY \ BRISBANE
History and use
This character jug (also called a Toby jug) was produced by Charles A Stone & Son’s Bristol Pottery. It features the rosy-cheeked, smiling face of Beenleigh Rum’s mascot ‘Bosun Bill’.

‘Bosun Bill’ is thought to have been named after Mr James Stewart, the owner of the SS Walrus. The SS Walrus steamer operated as a floating rum distillery and travelled between sugar mills and plantations in the area until the Beenleigh Rum Distillery Ltd. purchased it and set up a legal, onshore distillery at Eagleby. Mr Stewart was known locally as ‘The Bosun’.

This jug was designed to advertise Beenleigh Rum, and was made at ‘Stone’s Bristol Pottery’, located in Coorparoo, Brisbane. The Bristol Pottery was opened in 1898 by emigrated Englishman Charles Arthur Stone and became a household name in the 1930s, supplying much of Queensland’s domestic ware.

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H22329

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