Tuesday 19 July 2022

Steve's History of Things 3 - Fielding's Musical Tankards


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A bit of fun today in the musical world of Fielding's.

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Simon Fielding started his business in the early 1870s at the Railway Works in Sutherland Street, Stoke-on-Trent, which was later taken over by his son, Abraham. Fielding's started producing these musical novelty tankards in the 1930s and they are currently very collectable. After all, in a decade's time they will become antiques. They feature Swiss musical movements that still faithfully reproduce the original tunes. This one, for instance, plays De Ye Ken John Peel.

John Peel is one of the commoner tankards around, but this one, Roamin' in the Gloamin' seems to be a bit rarer. Leastways, I've searched the internet and I can't find another one like it for sale anywhere. Could well be a bargain as I'm offering them for the same price. You can hear them both by clicking on the shop link: Steve's Vintage Collectables

Also in 1930, Fielding's head hunted nearby nearby Carlton Ware’s Sales Director as well as their Design & Decorating Manager. This led to an introduction of new lines such as this Crown Devon oriental style ewer. As you can see, it matches the Carlton Ware bowl perfectly. Something that surely wouldn't be allowed nowadays! This makes this set particularly interesting, as it comes from two different manufacturers, albeit with the same Design & Decorating Manager.

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of history. More next week.

All the best,


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