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Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960

Sairey Gamp two-sided character jug produced by Lingard, Webster & Company of Tunstall, England, circa 1960. Sairey Gamp, the disreputable and garrulous nurse in the 1843 novel, "Martin Chuzzlewit", is one of Charles Dickens' greatest comic creations. "A fat old widow with a husky voice and a moist eye, it was difficult to enjoy her society without becoming conscious of a smell of spirits." Mrs. Gamp has the responsible job of midwife, watcher of the dying and "performer of nameless offices about the persons of the dead." Necessary to her calling she has "a face for all occasions," and "She went to a lying-in or a laying-out with equal zest and relish." She is famous for her excessive drinking habits and also for her large untidy umbrella, which has given rise to the word gamp to describe such an article. Her closest friend is the imaginary Mrs. Harris, a convenient invention, whose opinion always confirms her own. Her umbrella forms the handle of the jug. Consisting of a sugar bowl, creamer and teapot, this character jug or creamer is a part of a Sairey Gamp tea service set.

Maker:

Lingard

England

circa 1960

Model #:

Sairey Gamp Tea Service Set

character jug

Size:

medium

Height:

4 3/4"

Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug - Lingard circa 1960
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