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An unusual measuring jug

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About a week a ago Meadowland posted a art piece she bought in Devon it involved the use of copper sheet one thing led to another and I mentioned I started my working life working with Tinplate and Copper sheet,to which she replied do I have any pictures which I don’t (no digital cameras then) but I do have an apprentice piece made by me when I was Nineteen In 1956.It would have in its original tin finish been typical of a heavy duty measuring jug of its time,It carries the Government weights and measures office crown stamp of accuracy it had many uses for many trades ranging from Dairies measuring quantities of Milk to to a hardware store selling Paraffin Oil.
At this point I should say that I have shown several similar pictures on here in the past but I failed to find them so have taken some more while the rain pours down outside ,so those who have seen them time to look at something else.

Also painted are the scooter I once possessed and from and old photo the pram that first transported me.


Below is a painting I did of Nazeem not long before he died he now lies at peace with the flowers in my garden

The Kingfisher always gives me a thrill when I see one

Below the Government stamp on the inside edge the crown just visible

Would not be complete without my Puppy as he was when painted

Then and now

About lost the plot now but the jug would have started as a flat sheet of metal before being cut rolled wired and soldered and a lot of accurate measuring.Long time ago.
B

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A lovely just and a lovely dog. I have seen the same type of measuring jug painted in "Canal Art"...looks lovely as well.

29 Aug, 2012

 

My oh has a jug similar to yours in his workshop, yours is very special being the 'apprentice piece'
But its the art work that takes your achievement to a higher level....

(its a lovely photo of Jamie too...)

29 Aug, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Pam thats because I hosed and scrubbed the mud off of him,only about twice a year does he look that clean.lol

29 Aug, 2012

 

So nice to hear that you still had the apprentice piece you crafted all that time ago. It looks brilliant with the decorations.

29 Aug, 2012

 

Thats a really special jug then Brian, I think its great that you have painted things to represent some of your memories, Jamie is looking very superior in his photo, lol...

29 Aug, 2012

 

I really admire your work, Brian. You have a fantastic eye for detail. Just beautiful - and Jamie as always.

29 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

That is a fabulous piece of metal work Brian and especially nice to have so many of your memories painted on it , do you still have the pram ? Jamey is looking bright eyed and bushy tailed :o)

29 Aug, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Amy I know I am going backwards towards my second childhood (OH would probably say I have reached it)but the pram is gone for ever. My aim now is to do all things I could not do when I was young.Example last week I played Ball with Jamie in open fields in a thunderstorm no coat we were soaked but it was fun.and no one to say I should not do it.

29 Aug, 2012

 

That sounds like a good plan Brian. I always wanted to have a custard pie fight and get covered in the stuff and not care what my clothes looked like. T arranged it as a surprise for my birthday with all our friends and family who were game. I had the most fantastic unforgetable time. Go for what you want Brian........:o))

29 Aug, 2012

 

The jug is fantastic - and what beautiful paintings! It's always a mystery to me how people can produce such lovely things.

29 Aug, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Steragram the real work was in drawing the patterns and making the Jug, my mentor only new one word perfection.the painting is less than perfect.

29 Aug, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Homebird sounds great.

29 Aug, 2012

 

Brilliant ! Thank you for these pictures. Saved in my favourities.

30 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks so much,Brian for showing the superb jug! What a novel way to be reminded of the past.......who wants digital cameras,when you can look at that.Love that colour you used as a background.

30 Aug, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Good for you Brian If we don't do it now while we can we never will, I love doing something like that ! that sounds like a fun thing to do Homebird what a great surprise for you ...

30 Aug, 2012

 

You are so clever Brain, the jug is georgous, nearly as georgous as Jamie (but not quite) :-)

Do you remember what make your pram was?
It looks like a Sol Whitby, if so you share something with Prince Charles, as he had one.
If it was its a shame it was'nt passed down like the crib because they sell for around a £1000 now.
My mum had one in her collection (could well of been yours) & I used to use it to push my first Beardie puppy up the park before he was allowed out :-)

30 Aug, 2012

 

What a wonderful talent you have Brian and its so good to see how you have enhanced your original apprentice piece in such an original way.
Jamie looks very proud of himself after his wash and brush up.

30 Aug, 2012

 

Its lovely, love Jamie and the Kingfisher, I recall my dad having one in his garage also one on the farm I use to live on.

31 Aug, 2012

 

Wow Bjs, that jug alone is a real piece of art, I love it so much ....perfect .... and your paintings are lovely. I was wondering why Nazeem ....then light bulb moment.....of course, Prince Nazeem ...the boxer lol. What a lovely idea commemorating different parts of your life in painting. I bet your parents were so proud when you first brought that amazing jug home:-)

31 Aug, 2012

 

I can add nothing, it has all been said.....

3 Sep, 2012

 

I don't know where you find the time to do all you do Bjs. I think your mentor passed on the word to you 'perfection'. Its a lovely jug. I do admire barge art but I prefer the background on your jug. It shows off the paintings so well.

4 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely art work there, Brian. Well done :o)

18 Sep, 2012

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