Napoleon character jug modeled by William K. Harper and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1995 limited edition of 2,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) rose through the ranks of the army to become Emperor of France. He conquered and created an empire that covered most of western and central Europe, from Spain to the fringes of Russia, and from Norway to Italy. He personally directed complicated military maneuvers while simultaneously controlling France's press, police system, foreign policy and home government. He founded the Bank of France, reorganized the educational system and prepared the Code Napoleon, a system of laws surviving today in French law. His armies crushed one foe after another but upon reaching Moscow in 1812 and finding it abandoned, he was forced to retreat due to brutal winter conditions, losing over 500,000 men. Forced to abdicate, he was banished to Elba in 1814, only to return and retake command a year later. One hundred days later he suffered a crushing defeat by the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo. Captured trying to escape, he was exiled to the barren island of St. Helena off the west coast of Africa. A gold crown above scroll form the handle of this jug.
Battle of Waterloo Pair