Early George IV Treen Grain Measure & Scoop With Link To The ‘Swing Riots’ Of 1843 With Provenance
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An early grain measure and scoop, dating to the 1820’s, once belonging to a Richard Dowell who was arrested for the rescue attempt of prisoners who were imprisoned for protesting against Corn Laws which had been introduced in 1816 to the benefit of the rich and resulted in the hardship and starvation of the working people.
The handwritten label to the base indicates that these pieces were passed down through generations of the Dowell family. The corn measure is carved with the initials of Richard Dowell and George IV.
The ‘Rescue Riots’ specifically relate to the national opposition to Corn Laws. Protesters would try and enact the release of prisoners through physical means. And, in 1843, our Richard Dowell was arrested, along with 15 others, while attempting to free some of the prisoners. All were found guilty of ‘Rescue Riot’ and assault, and were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Staffordshire Gaol.
This is a remarkable piece of social history which provides a disturbing insight into this painful and turbulent period of British history, as well as the direct impact it had on one simple agricultural labourer’s way of life.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound. Some age related wear. Please see photos.
Measures 16cm x 8cm (measure) & 21cm x 11.5cm x 3cm (scoop)
Weighs 350 grams (combined)