A Staffordshire Figure of the Huntsman John Peel - circa 1850
A stunning figure of the Fox Hunt,
made by the "Green Base" Factory.
John Peel (1776 - 1854)
was an English huntsman
who was the hero of the nineteenth century song
"D'ye ken John Peel"
meaning do you know in Northern dialect.
John Peel was a farmer
in the English Lake District
and ran a famous pack of hounds for over 40 years.
the famous song Do you know John Peel,
was written by his friend John Woodcock Graves
This is another wonderful Staffordshire Figure
and throughout the decades was always known
in the antique trade as "John Peel".
For some unknown reason,
despite generations referring to this figure as John Peel,
Gordon Pugh in 1970 mentions this figure as John Peel
but adds "I know of no evidence to support this".
Harding in 1998 calls this "The Fox Hunt".
Well in 2022 I will indeed call this figure John Peel,
going with folklore;
the traditional beliefs, customs,
and stories passed through the community,
passed through the generations by word of mouth,
its made around the correct date,
it's after a famous song
and after a great character of the nineteenth century.
So raise your stirrup cup,
to John Peel !!!
A marvellous history,
This is an outstanding example,
the best example I have seen,
as you might expect of the Green Base Facory.
Simply superb modelling
and a riot of brilliant colour.
The figure is in good condition,
restoration to the rear hoof,
a small chip in his cap
and minor flaking to the black enamels.
Height: 9 inches