c1856 Staffordshire Pottery Figure of Duke of Cambridge


A very nice looking, large Staffordshire Pottery flat-back figure of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George.

It was made to commemorate his elevation to Commander in Chief of the British Armed Forces in 1856. The figure shows the Duke in military uniform, sitting on his horse. The base has the DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE in raised gold painted letters. The figure has been painted in a varied palette of colours. The figure is in surprisingly good condition, given the thinness of the horse’s legs and the Duke’s arms. There is a bit of damage to the reverse of the base, which has been restored, but is visible. Luckily it is cannot be seen from the front.

The Duke of Cambridge (Prince George William Frederick Charles 1819 - 1904) was a member of the British royal family, a male-line grandson of George III and cousin of Queen Victoria. The Duke was an army officer by profession and served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces (military head of the British Army) from 1856 to 1895. He became the Duke of Cambridge in 1850 and field marshal in 1862. Deeply devoted to the old Army, he worked with Queen Victoria to defeat or minimise every reform proposal, such as setting up a general staff. His Army became a moribund and stagnant institution. Its weaknesses were dramatically revealed by the poor organisation at the start of the Second Boer War.

Size: 24 x 7.5 x 34.5 cm (9 ½ x 3 x 13 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1830 g