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Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955

Sairey Gamp character jug produced by Hall Brothers of Longton, England, circa 1955 using their tradename Radnor Bone China. Sairey Gamp, or Mrs. Gamp as she is more commonly known, is a nurse in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, first published as a serial in 1843-1844. Mrs. Gamp is dissolute, sloppy and generally drunk. She became a notorious stereotype of untrained and incompetent nurses of the early Victorian era, before the reforms of campaigners like Florence Nightingale. The caricature was popular with the British public. A type of umbrella, which forms the handle of this jug, became known as a gamp because Sairey Gamp always carries one, which she displays with "particular ostentation". The character was based upon a real nurse described to Dickens by his friend, Angela Burdett-Coutts.

Maker:

Hall Brothers

England

circa 1955

Model #:

character jug

Size:

small

Height:

2"

Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
Sairey Gamp character jug - Hall Brothers circa 1955
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