Staffordshire Benjamin Franklin Figure, ca. 1865
This was a piece of my dad's. I actually just inherited it a couple of months ago, when he passed away.
Staffordshire figurines were made all throughout the 19th century in the Staffordshire region of England. They were very crudely made. They mostly depicted, in terms of people, things having to do with Great Britain. But they did make some things for the American market, so these figures do show up from time to time. They clearly depict, who we know as Benjamin Franklin, but then they say, this one says, "General Washington."
They were made repeatedly, but then occasionally, you'll see some that actually have the correct name. They're popular with collectors, not only because of the mistake, which is kind of quirky and fun-
-but because of the American association. There is some dispute about exactly when they were made. In my opinion, they'd be 1850s, 1860s, 1870s. I would think a conservative retail price for this piece would be somewhere between $800 and $1,200.
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