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CROCKERY..................SMRC PRIZE CROCKERY & SILVER .................. SILVERWARE

see also details of the current "SMRC" Historic Arms Matches held during the first week of the NSRA August Bisley National Rifle Meeting


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Caveat Emptor - will your vendor take the care required, or will it end in tears?

Before:

And after: ............ one could say that "we were not amused" .......................

These "troubles" might have fared better packed "in an old kit bag"

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SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY SMRC SILVER OR CERAMICS NOT SHOWN ON THIS PAGE, THEN WE WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN


The Chinaware

Below: as an introduction, we illustrate the current mug of the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA).

Then follows a collection of the pre-1947 crockery and silver prize items offered by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs.

These items were occasionally given as prizes at a meeting, or could be purchased, as a physical reminder of a competition success, on production of written evidence such as a prize certificate.


THE NSRA MUG

manufactured by Valiant Heraldics Ltd., of Littlehampton, U.K.

The current NSRA motif remains the Maltese Cross containing Britannia and the pair of riflemen,

and the motto "Look Forward" is retained to this day..

The wording in each quarter of the cross has been amended, since 1947, to read

NATIONAL SMALL-BORE RIFLE ASSOCIATION rather than the original SOCIETY (of) MINIATURE RIFLE CLUBS


Most of the SMRC crockery carries no makers identification other than a pattern number

Some larger items are marked, as shown alongside each, as being made by the Empire Works at Stoke-on-Trent.

Many of the pieces are manufactured to a quite basic specification and could,

by today's standards, be described fairly as second quality

WE START WITH THE LATER FOUR COLOUR TRANSFER PRINTED ITEMS

The first SMRC item: the round section teapot, in the rarer Ivory colour, and of particularly poor manufacture

and its separate stand

Second: the white oval section teapot with 'ruched' lid surround, of notably finer quality

obverse of the oval teapot

The rectangular ashtray

The circular ashtray

The celebration mug for the 1937 Coronation of King George VI

at the same time celebrating the Indoor Bisley meeting at Alexandra Palace

The later teacup and saucer

The sugar bowl

The cream jug

The coffee pot

The Tri-horn Cup

in its most common form

and in the less common version presented for the Highest Match Score, with year designation.

The equally uncommonly found Salad Bowl

and in plan view

NEXT: THE EARLY CROCKERY DESIGN WITH SINGLE COLOUR TRANSFER PRINTING

The teacup and saucer showing the motif position

and the individual components

The plate

The sugar bowl

The cream jug

The larger serving or sandwich plate

and, finally, the egg cup

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY SMRC SILVER OR CERAMICS NOT SHOWN ON THIS PAGE, THEN WE WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN

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The BSA CUP

is a competition still run today by the NSRA and, whilst prizes were contributed by the BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS COMPANY, the event was still under the aegis of the SMRC

Two main ceramic prizes were on offer; one from the Royal Doulton factory and the other probably from the Langley Mill Pottery. These jugs are most attractive from either manufacturer, The Doulton "beakers", as they were usually called, were often fitted with a silver rim - much enhancing the design, which dates from prior to the First World War.

The Royal Doulton version, shown first below, probably dates to the late 1920s.

The Langley version, dated circa 1930 - 1931, is shown below.


The Silverware

Firstly - and most often awarded as prizes from the 1920s on, four silver prize spoons.

Left, the 'Earl Roberts'; 2nd. left, the 'HPS' for a Highest Possible Score;

3rd. from left, the jam spoon; right, the ubiquitous SMRC prize spoon, to be found in either solid Sterling silver or Electro-plate.

Again, the three main spoons, and the box showing the SMRC address at Ludgate.

The prize set

One of the SMRC vesta designs, available in either sterling silver or plate (EPNS)

The small SMRC pewter tankard

and the silver plate mug

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY SMRC SILVER OR CERAMICS NOT SHOWN ON THIS PAGE, THEN WE WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN

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