A large 19th century model of a cockerel, import marks for London 1899
A large 19th century model of a cockerel
import marks for London
Realistically modelled with feather-effect chasing, the head removable, standing on a grassy base with applied lizard and a beetle.
37cm.; 14 1⁄2 in. high
Good overall condition. Three discreet solder repairs to two of the tail-feathers.
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John George Smith was born at Dover on 24 January 1869, his father, also John George Smith (1823-1895) being at the time a Custom House agent. On 26 April 1900 the younger Smith, then living at 87 Sloane Street, London, changed his surname by deed Poll to Piddington. (St. James's Gazette, London, Wednesday, 2 May 1900, p. 2c) Piddington was the maiden name of his mother, Elizabeth Susanna (1831-1879), daughter of John Piddington (1803-1891), a former silk mercer who became one of the partners in the Continental Daily Parcels Express.