Antique Masons Ironstone China Hydra Jug Foo Dog Bandana Pattern
A small antique Mason's Ironstone China octagonal hydra handled jug decorated in the Chinese foo dog and cloud scroll pattern, named the Bandana pattern by collectors. This is a pattern first introduced by Charles James Mason around 1830. This particular jug was produced in about 1899 by G.L Ashworth and Bros. Ltd who traded using the Mason's brand. Ashworth had succeeded Francis Morley in 1862, who in turn had succeeded Charles James Mason after his bankruptcy in 1844.
The base carries the earlier Mason's crowned Ironstone China ribbon or banner mark and the pattern number B9440D. It is this pattern number that indicates that is of Ashworth's production, the B series started in 1872 and the 9440 would be from 1899.
This very attractive jug stands 4 3/8 inches or 11 cm high and is 4 inches or 10 cm wide.
The jug weighs 240 grammes unpacked and is in excellent antique condition without chips cracks nor restoration.
A lovely item in a relatively uncommon pattern, to add to any collection of antique English stoneware or Masons ironstone china.