A jug which is thought to be the most exciting discovery for years, has been presented on Antiques Roadshow. The leather jug, or ‘jack’ as it is also known, was made from the skin of Oliver Cromwell’s horse, Blackjack when it died. Inscribed on the leather tankard are the words:
“Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Wales 1653”
The jug was made for the leaders of the Republicans who forced the monarchy from power. The jug was to commemorate the status of Oliver Cromwell as Protector of England 1653. Eventually, the jug which is two feet high, was deposited in the London bank of C Hoare and Co but never collected. As a result, the jug became the property of C Hoare and was passed down through the generations. The jug was recently presented at an Antiques Roadshow event by Paul Hoare, the son of the present owner Richard Hoare.
The leather tankard caused quite a commotion and is thought to be quite valuable, especially with the link to Oliver Cromwell, and could fetch around £30,000. According to the Antiques Roadshow expert John Foster, approximately ten of the jugs would have been made from Blackjack when the Civil War ended in 1651 for celebration purposes.
Such a rare find isn’t an everyday occurrence, but if you are looking for a piece of furniture that is part of our English heritage, you may find antique dealers with a selection of pieces, including antique desks in the Preston area.
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