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Ralph Ashton: The trade of Bell Casting gave employment to many skilled artisans in Wigan in the 17th and 18th Centuries. In the 18th century, the Ashtons were leaders in the trade. Their approximate dates for casting bells were: Ralph Ashton 1703-1720; and Luke Ashton 1724-1750. Ralph Ashton is recorded as casting a bell for Llangerniew, Denbighshire in 1703, and for other churches in Snowdonia, and it is assumed on the basis of the ‘Ll’ used in the triad on this mortar, that it was made for a Welsh couple.
Bibliography: For other mortars attributed to Ralph Ashton with similar ‘wire’ decoration, decorative handles, lettering, motifs, and foundry marks, see Michael Finlay, 'English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers' (Plain Books, 2010), pp. 54-56, 195 and 208.
|Height||17.50 cm||(6.89 inches)|
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