They represented a wide variety of subjects but those of noted celebrities and actors and actresses were especially popular.
This represents the Scottish hero and patriot Sir William Wallace (1272-1305) who won the great battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 but was defeated by Edward I at Falkirk.
The majority of pieces were produced in the Victorian era with the height of production roughly between 1850-1870.
After Queen Victoria’s ascendency to the throne in 1837, a new form of production called the “flatback” emerged. w=400&ssl=1 400w" sizes="(max-width: 180px) 100vw, 180px" data-recalc-dims="1" / For the first time, Staffordshire figures were made in quantity at a low cost and were therefore considered affordable for the growing middle class in England.
Around 1810, Staffordshire's figure potters discarded classical design influences and instead looked at their surroundings for inspiration.
In the next 25 years, they potted remarkably detailed clay vignettes of everyday life that divulge a wealth of astonishing information about life in those days.
Here are some tips: Closing Remarks Staffordshire figures have increased in value over the years but purchasing these objects in order to see them appreciate in value could be risky as the price of antiques ebbs and flows according to demand and the current economic environment.Production of earthenware figures continued throughout Victoria's lifetime, but although they were still made after her death in 1901, few appear to have been produced after 1905.During their heyday, however, they were produced in vast numbers, usually modelled after prints.There is no evidence, however, of this figurine being based on any particular actor or performance.A Staffordshire figurine of William Wallace standing on a titled gilt base with raised capitals: 'WALLACE', his right hand holding a sword, his left a shield, wearing a plumed hat, tunic, sporran, sash and kilt.The purpose of this post is to briefly explore the history of Staffordshire figures, look at popular areas of collecting, care and cleaning, repairs and basic tips for spotting fakes and reproductions.