|A 6.6 inch child's plate that celebrates the alliance of Britain and France during the Crimean War. The three battles in the banner, Alma, Inkerman, and Balaclava were British/French victories.|
Where is Crimea? I have to admit that I wasn't sure where it was. I did think it was part of Russia or the Ukraine (all four of my grandparents were from the Ukraine and they used the article the when speaking about their homeland). You can see that Crimea and Ukraine in the map above are part of Russia. They are not part of Russia in the map below. Ownership seems to change often.
The Crimean War (1853-1856) pitted Russia against the alliance of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire (the Kingdom of Sardinia is somewhere in there too). It is considered the first modern war. Nearly a million men were killed, and it was the first conflict to use photography, the telegraph and newspapers. I read that the seeds of many of the 20th century wars were sown in the Crimean War. Twenty-first century wars too.
|Map showing Crimea during the Crimea War|
Now for some transferware. Below is a jar showing The Landing of the British Army At The Crimea.
|John Thomas & Jos Mayer (1842-1855) jar illustrating The Landing Of The British Army At The Crimea (notice the article the is used before Crimea/I have some idea about this. Your thoughts?|
|Polychrome pot lid, Alma, by John Thomas & Jos Mayer (1842-1855)/Clockwise from the bottom; Prince George, Lord Raglan, Omar Pasha, and Marshal St. Arnaud|
|John Thomas & Jos Mayer (1842-1855) polychrome jar with a scene of the battle of Balaclava.|
|F. & R. Pratt (1818-1920) 8.6 inch plate, Sebastopol. In 1854-55, the city withstood an eleven month siege by French, British, Turkish and Sardinian forces. The city endured another siege by the Germans during WWII.|
|Maker Uknown, Alma 7.5 inch jug|
|Maker Uknown, Sebastopol (other side of the above jug)|
|Turkey England And France/Made to commemorate the Crimean War/Turkish Pasha. Queen Victoria, Napoleon III|