It is thought that these were created by Carlton Ware in 1937 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1867 Confederation of Canada then comprising only four of the eventual provinces. Seventy years seems an odd anniversary but that for the fiftieth was quashed by WWI. The impetus for Carlton Ware to commemorate the 70th was no doubt the coronation of King George and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.
As jug number 11 is signed E S Nixon, Carlton’s Decorating Manager at the time, it is therefore presumed that all the jugs were similarly autographed. The design may well have been influenced by both Stanley Nixon and modeller Kathleen Parsons.
The jugs were purported to have been produced in a number limited to 350 but it appears doubtful whether as many as this were ever manufactured. Each jug came replete with a boxed, numbered medallion.
Buyers beware as moulds still exist and examples still appear, albeit usually decorated in a bizarre manner. The expertise of the factoy is long gone.
Numbers of jugs recorded to date irrespective of condition and completeness are:- 9,11,15,23,24,38,40,49, 50 and 59.
The photographs show the genuine article (No.11), next a modern copy (note the incorrect backstamp) and the authentic backstamp from jug number 23.
Many thanks to Harvey Pettit
Additional information greatfully received.