Caughley OH, THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK... Saucer Dish Crest badge
A superb and rare Caughley porcelain saucer, hand painted with the Royal crest badge for FREDRICK AUGUSTUS, DUKE OF YORK (1763-1827). Dating to circa 1790-1793 Caughley porcelain, decorated by Chamberlain's Worcester.
See the Queen's Royal Collection for a similar decorated jug:
Inventory number : RCIN 58742
The second son of King George III, he saw army service and was appointed to a high command.
During the First War of Coalition, he commanded a famously inefective campaign. From this he was perhaps unfairly criticised and mocked in the famous children's nursery rhyme, " The Grand old Duke of York".
Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.
Later, as Commander in Chief, he seems to have learned from his experience. He oversaw major reforms of the army making it a stronger fighting force and well prepared for the possible Napoloenic Invasion. A tall column is monument to him in Trafalgar Place, London.
Excellent condition. Some fine regilding.
Measures approx 6 Inches wide.