The John Wayne character jug was issued in 2007 by Royal Doulton as the seventeenth character jug of the year.
Designed by Tim Potts and released in a limited edition of 1000. I was lucky enough to be gifted the John Wayne Royal Doulton Character Jug for my birthday a couple of days ago and if I’m honest, I would have to say that he has quickly become my new favourite favourite. His handle is made up of his hand holding on to his double-barrel shotgun in the front with a wagon and in a desert scene at the back and finally there’s a film strip banner draped around the top of the handle. In terms of his likeness, the artist has truly captured the essence of the quintessential cowboy, John Wayne, ‘The Duke’, as my late father called him. As I read his Royal Doulton certficate of authenticity, I found that John Wayne, shared the same birthday day as my father, which I never knew and now just ensures that this character jug will forever be at the top of my list of favourite favourites.
From the certificate of authenticity:
‘John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on 26 May 1907 in Winterset, Iowa.
John Wayne’s career started at an early age, with him acting and working as a member of the stage crew for various school productions. During his time at college, John started working for then then Fox Film Corporation, in the prop department as a member of the ‘swing gang’ who moved furniture between sets. John Wayne worked as an extra in several films and, whilst working at Fox, he met director John Ford. Ford saw something in Wayne and cast him in a small role in ‘Hangman’s House’ (1928). From then on, John Wayne acted in several small parts for John Ford.
John Wayne’s first important role came in 1930 in the film, ‘The Big Trail’. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, John Wayne took many roles, not only westerns, but also as a boxer, a pilot and a football player. At the end of the 1930’s, John Wayne’s breakthrough role came when he was cast as the Ringo Kid in ‘Stagecoach’ (1939).
From then on, John Wayne became an iconic name in the movie industry. John Wayne went on to star in many films portraying various characters such as cowboys, civil war officers and World War II heroes. The award-winning actor became one of the most loved people in the American film industry.’
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