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More important Canadian antique memorabilia the Museum has preserved.

In Commemoration of Paardeberg Day, Feb. 27, 1900
Boer War "Discovery of the Month" (Feb. 2004)
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Doulton Lambeth Pitcher, Celebration of the Hoisting of the Flag at Pretoria - June, 5, 1900
Ceramic jug 1900 - Size - 8.25"h x 5.5"w
Found - Toronto, ON
Signed Doulton Lambeth
History: On Feb. 27, 1900, after an attack in which the Canadians (Royal Canadian Regiment) were in the front line trenches at Paardeberg, South Africa, some 4,000 Boers surrendered, giving the British Army its first important victory of the war. On June 5th, the Canadians - part of Lord Roberts' fabled March to Pretoria - marched into the Boer capital, ending the biggest march of a conquering army since Napoleon had marched on Moscow in 1812. Everyone believed the war was now over, and souvenirs were produced to celebrate this great achievement.

Of the thousands of Boer War memorabilia items created we present the finest and the rarest items ever produced.

Left, to commemorate Lord Roberts' entry into, and capture of the main Boer capital at Pretoria, Doulton Lambeth produced what is unquestionably the finest and largest ceramic item ever created to celebrate a victory in war. Dated "June, 5th, 1900, In commemoration of the Hoisting of the Flag at Pretoria," its magnificence was a great reflection of the euphoria which everyone felt with the coming of peace after the awful losses on the battlefields of South Africa.

This ultra rare pitcher is 8 1/4" tall and 5 1/2" in diameter across the base, and has a stunning deep lustre green glaze. Unlike other pitchers produced during the war, the decorations, the Queen's medallion, the flags, and printing, are all raised off the background, not merely painted on. It is in mint condition, no chips, no repairs, and no crazing.
Everyone, including the hundreds of Canadians who stood in the Pretoria square that day, was convinced, that with both Boer capitals occupied, the war would be over shortly. (Below June 5th 1900, and today.)

Wrote Canadian Hart McHaarg, "It was the proudest day of my life, to stand as the representative of the Canadian people in the captured capital of the Boers."

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
William Lowe, British Victories Plate, 1900
Ceramic plate 1900 - Size - 10"
Found - Toronto, ON
Signed William Lowe

William Lowe: With the promise of peace, William Lowe produced what is the most magnificent commemorative plate produced during the Boer War, left.

Like in the pitcher, the central medallions and flags are raised off the surface of the plate. It notes the heroes and sentiments that were on every tongue during the heady months following the fall of the Boer capital.
The medallions around the circumference note the highlights of the war, including those in which the Canadians participated: General Cronje's surrender at Paardeberg and the entry into Pretoria.

Note: It was no easier to get reliable help in 1900, than it is today. "So, I painted June 6th, instead of June 5th. What's the big deal? It's only one day off!"

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