Glazed china bowl, 'The absent minded beggar'

Accession Number REL23584
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description China
Maker James Macintyre & Co
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1900
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Glazed china bowl with gilded edge. On the front of the bowl is part of the chorus from Rudyard Kipling's 'The Absent Minded Beggar', witha facsimile of Kipling's signature beneath it. On the bottom of the bowl is the manufacturer's mark for Joseph Macintyre and Company with the text 'RdNo294478' printed on the base as well as 'B3371' written in gold. There is a small amount of crazing on the bowl, and a crack in the top.

History / Summary

This small bowl shows part of the chorus of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'The Absent Minded Beggar'. The poem was set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and was used as a rousing patriotic song to encourage public support for, and contribution to, the war effort in South Africa.