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Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965

Smuggler character jug produced by Beswick of Longton, England, circa 1965. In days of old, the smuggler was surrounded by an air of romance and mystery. He was an adventurer taking huge risks to import goods by cover of night in order to evade payment of duties and official restrictions. Smuggling has been flourishing since the time of the Greek city-states. During the eighteenth century even some parsons, magistrates and country gentlemen dabbled in smuggling or accepted smuggled goods. Smuggling was particularly rife in Britain during the Napoleonic wars when tobacco and spirits were the main commodities smuggled into the country. There were also grim tales of gangs of smugglers who inspired fear and dread among dwellers near the coasts. This fellow looks like he could be one of those. Today, however, the aura of a smuggler is much more nefarious, and it is narcotics which cause one of the greatest problems in international smuggling. A flintlock pistol forms the handle of the jug.

Maker:

Beswick

England

circa 1965

Model #:

character jug

Size:

small

Height:

3"

Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
Smuggler character jug - Beswick circa 1965
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