This is a really unique piece. It is a bisque porcelain decorative piece with two figures, a young boy and a young girl, holding flags that read 'BAND OF HOPE.'
This figurine is really beautiful with the faces painted so delicately and glazing given only to the hair, shoes and flags. It appears that at one time there was repair to the original glaze on the girl's flag, but it does not detract from the specialness of this. Their clothes are decorated with 'pearls' and all but a few remain. There are no cracks or chips.
This is a great example of a movement in England's history, and it is really hard to find examples like this anymore. This was probably made in Germany or France, and meant for the English market and movement. It is from the late 1800's.
DIMENSIONS: 7⅞"h x 6⅛"w x 2⅝"d
Object is measured at widest point for width, and from front to back for depth.
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ABOUT THE 'BAND OF HOPE' MOVEMENT:
The term 'BAND OF HOPE' began in 1847 in Leeds, to teach and impress upon children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism. In 1855, a national organisation was formed amidst an explosion of Band of Hope work. Meetings were held in churches throughout the UK and included Christian teaching.
Set up in an era when hard liquor was generally viewed as a necessity of life, next only to food and water, the Band of Hope and other temperance organisations fought to counteract the influence of pubs and brewers, with the specific intention of rescuing 'unfortunates' whose lives had been blighted by drink and teach complete abstinence.
Christians and Temperance Societies saw this as a way of providing activities for children that encouraged them to avoid alcohol problems. Alcohol-free premises were established, rallies, marches and demonstrations were mounted to oppose the evils of hard liquor that were attended by thousands of supporters, and coffee taverns were established to keep teetotalers on the straight and narrow path.