Overall: 2 1/2 x 14 in. ( 6.4 x 35.6 cm )
Tin-glazed earthenware charger with the Duke of Marlborough in armor holding a baton flanked by initials "DM" with blue and yellow lines and blue dashes on rim painted and sponged in blue, yellow, and green on white ground; charger has buff-colored earthenware body with foot rim with opaque white tin-glaze on obverse and reverse; three stilt marks on obverse; string tied around foot ring.
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
painted: on obverse; "DM" printed: tag on base; "FROM/ STONER & EVANS/ 3, KING ST.,/ St. James' Sq., S.W./ Guaranteed Genuine"
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) was an English General noted for his victories in the War of Spanish Succession (1702-1713), especially at the battle of Blenheim (1704). He served William III, Anne, and George I. According to Michael Archer, the charger was made in London, possibly Norfolk House in Lambeth. According to John Austin, it was made in Bristol.
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