This is a quirky and original antique English Victorian Staffordshire Dual-Sided Temperance Movement Figure.
It is one of two similar Staffordshire figurines that I have available in my store.
It is entitled 'Gin and Water' and dates to the 1880s.
It has a bit of a moralistic function - and was made to promote the cause of temperance and refraining from drinking alcohol.
One side of the figure - has an image of a man drinking water - he is well dressed and has a full purse in his hand. He looks very happy. The opposite side has the same gentleman drinking gin - here is he looking rather worse for wear and miserable - he holds a bottle of gin - the cause of his distress.
A nice display piece - being about 8 3/4 inches in height.
It is just over 300 grams in weight unpacked.
Given his age and being over 130 years old, he is in pretty good antique condition - he has no nasty chips or restorations - but his glaze has some fine craquelure - and with a fine hairline which is confined to the glaze layer on the front of a leg - as photographed. I have this very collectible old figure priced to take this into account - a great gift for a gin-drinking friend!
The price to post with the Royal Mail recorded post would be £4.95 - and this would be applied at the checkout.