Hardback with clipped dust cover over original boards.
When the First World War broke out the trade in small, white porcelain souvenir ware which had formed an integral part of the seaside souvenir industry for almost half a century, was faced with a severe setback. In an attempt to stem their dwindling sales many manufacturers from the small Stoke-on-Trent potteries turned their attention to things martial. From postcards and photographs, written descriptions and hearsay and the pages of newspapers and magazines, they culled inspiration for their china models.
No stone was left unturned and models representing all aspects of the war were produced: from the tanks and armoured cars of the land, the ships and submarines of the sea and the airplanes and airships of the air to the people who fought and the memorials that now stand to their memory. Individually they appear to us now as interesting artefacts of a bygone era; collectively the provide a fascinating 'potted history' of the war.
The author has catalogued and listed all known models of Crested China which are in some way connected with The First World War. For each he provides details of the original and for many he has traced the actual photograph which inspired the model. Around these he recounts the events, both specific and general which led to the models existence.
Half-Title, Advertising Frontispiece, Title, Dedication, Contents, Author's Acknowledgements, Introduction. 157 pages of text with supporting photographs, examples, data and information.
Very clean copy.
- Jacket Condition: Very Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 22 x 20 cm