Dick Turpin ash tray designed by Charles J. Noke and Harry Fenton and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, from 1936 to 1960. Dick Turpin (1705 - 1739) is possibly the most notorious of English highwaymen. This infamous King of the Road began work as a butcher. However, he soon turned to crime with his illegal activities including cattle poaching, smuggling and house breaking. It is as a highwayman though that he is best remembered. With a mysterious mask to obscure his identity and the fear-inspiring cry "Stand and Deliver", Turpin's activities on Hounslow Heath and in Epping Forest soon turned him into a public legend. After accidentally shooting his partner Tom King, Turpin left London and finally settled in Yorkshire under an assumed name. His legendary ride to York on his faithful steed, Black Bess, derives from Harrison Ainsworth's "Rookwood", but belongs, if to anyone, to "Swift John Nevison", who is said to have robbed a sailor at 4 am in Gadshill and established an alibi by reaching York at 7:45 pm. Dick Turpin was finally arrested for horse thieving, identified and hanged in April of 1739. The number 8135 is impressed in the base of the ash tray.
1936 - 1960