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Miniature Sandland Character Tankard Sam Weller and Sairey Gamp

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Miniature Sandland Character Tankard Sam Weller and Sairey Gamp

Vintage Miniature Sandland Character Tankard Sam Weller and Sairey Gamp by Lancaster & Sandland Ltd, Dresden Works, Hanley, Staffordshire, UK. It is imprinted on the base with the pattern number 566.

This lovely character jug is in very good vintage condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. There is some crazing. It dates to about the 1950s.

One side of the mini tankard is embossed with the character Sairey Gamp and on the other side is Sam Weller. They appear to be sat in an inn. The handle has the inn lantern depicted at the top.

Approximate Maximum Dimensions:

  • Height- 6cm (2.36″)
  • Width- 6.2cm (2.44″)
  • Base width- 5.4cm (2.1″)

Manufacturer’s Mark on the base

Sandland Character Ware



Hand Painted



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Some Trivia For You

Sairey Gamp or Sarah Gamp is a fictional character from Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit: an alcoholic midwife and layer-out of the dead. She is known for carrying around an umbrella, which is where, in the UK, we get the slang word ‘Gamp’ for umbrella and ‘Gamp stand’ for an umbrella stand.

Sam Weller is a fictional character in The Pickwick Papers, the first novel by Charles Dickens, whom Mr Pickwick meets, whilst he [Sam] is working at ‘The White Hart Inn,’ and takes on as a servant. Sam Weller was noted for making fun of established clichés and proverbs, now known as a ‘Wellerism’.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

A Wellerism specifically a kind of a proverbial expression in which a statement, such as a familiar saying or proverb, is given a humorous or ironic twist by being incongruously or punningly attributed to a particular speaker, typically in a specific situation.

For Example:-

“We’ll have to rehearse that,” said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car.

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