Beaker, Australian Federation Commemorative Ware, earthenware, made by Doulton & Co, Burslem, England, 1901
Earthenware beaker with circular base and cylindrical body with straight, slightly flaring sides. The mouth is open and features a band of zig zag and diamond patterns around the interior and exterior of the rim with gold trimming on top. The exterior of the body is white glazed with brown transfer decoration of Richard Seddon framed by a wreath on one side and text on the other. There is also a large crudely glued break on the upper body and a pressure crack horizontal to the base.
Surrounding the portrait of Richard Seddon is 'HE STOOD FOR EMPIRE / RICHARD.J.SEDDON / HUMANITARIAN.' On the other side is 'REQUIEM / "In midst of victory thou hast found thine end; / Old errors vanquished, lo! the case of right / Has found thee life-long champion, life-long friend, / The nation thou hast welded moves in might!" / J.C.ANDERSON.'. There is no maker's mark on the beaker.