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Cornish Tin Miner toby jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 1990. Depicting a Cornish Tin Miner from around 1880, he has been romantically viewed as a figure of ox-like strength who battled against the odds in the harsh tin mines of Cornwall to bring food to his family and wealth to the region. Mining in Cornwall in the southwest of England began in the early Bronze Age, around 2150 BC. Tin, and later copper, were the most commonly extracted metals. Some tin mining continued long after the mining of other metals had become unprofitable, but ended in the late 20th century.
Staffordshire Character Jugs Series
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