Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims Set of 3 Concord Jugs

Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims Set of Concord Jugs; D3188

Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims

The Canterbury Tales is regarded as Geoffrey Chaucer's magnum opus and the point that was the birth of English Literature. It is a frame narrative, a collection of stories told to form a whole story, this style of narrative still in favor today; especially with television series.

Royal Doulton Chaucer Canterbury Pilgrims
 
The Canterbury Tales regard twenty nine pilgrims who meet in Tabard Inn in Southwark, London and decide to travel together on a pilgrimage to visit the martyr Thomas a` Becket’s tomb in Canterbury Catheral. Along the way they entertain each other with a series of yarns that are The Canterbury Tales. These tales are told from the various points of view of the twenty nine pilgrims.
 
Pilgrims to the scene of Becket's Martydom
 
Thomas a’ Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury who was assonated by four of Henry II knights in 1170. He was brutally hacked to death in the Cathedral. He was soon made a Saint and Canterbury became a popular centre for pilgrimage throughout the Middle Age.
 
Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims Maker's Mark
 
The Canterbury Pilgrims series only has one pattern number D3118, this series was introduced in 1909 and it was withdrawn circa 1939. In most cases it has a standard Royal Doulton stamped makers mark with series name below it. This series has an ornate border that incorporates the Red English Rose and a heraldic devise that is made up of a lion and 3 birds.
 
Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims Border 
 
Canterbury Pilgrim’s consists of seven scenes of character or groups of characters and 2 scene titles. I use the names and descriptions of the scenes as laid down by Louise Irvine on page 19 of Volume 1 of Royal Doulton Series Ware. While I don’t always agree with Louise’s descriptions, I stick with them as they are standard across the Doulton world.
 
The character's are:-

1: Chaucer

Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 1

 

 

2: The Pipe Player

Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 2

 

 

3: Group of three characters

The three priests

Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 3

 

 

 4: Group of five characters

including the Widow of Bath, the friar & the Monk

Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 4

 

 

5: Group of five characters

including Franklin, the pardoner and a drinking man

Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 5 

 

 

6: Group of six characters

including the Bailiff & the Prioress

 Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 6

 

 

 

7: Group of eight characters

including the Squire, the Yeoman & the Knight

 Royal Doulton Caterbury Pilgrims - Scene 6
 
 
The two scene titles are :-
 

 I: The scene of the martyrdom

Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims - The scene of the martyrdom

 

 

II: Geoffrey Chaucer's Portrait

Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims - Geoffrey Chaucer's portrait 

 

It is common in this series to have combinations of groups of characters and scene titles on the same item. All but one of the scenes in this fact file came off a cuspidor that I recently owned.

 Royal Doulton Canterbury Pilgrims Cuspidor