Glazed pottery commemorative jug, inscribed "PRIZES WON BY THE BLACK DIKE MILLS BAND / GRAND TOTAL / £2011.9.0 / FROM 1856 TO 1882" listing the prizes won, also a transfer on the base "PORCELAINE OPAQUE / BRIDGEWOOD & SON" made in England c.1883. Height 24.5cm.
In very good original condition. The Black Dike Mills Band was formed in 1855 by John Foster, a French horn player, who owned the Black Dike Mill in Yorkshire. Their full title being "The J.Foster & Son Black Dike Mills" According to A.R.Taylor "The most deservedly famous brass band of all time"
"Brass Bands" by A.R.Taylor, pages giving some history and a photograph of the band c.1865.