The Portland Vase

inscription:
    (a)  Model of the Portland Vase in the British Museum.
    (b)  Model of the Portland Vase in the British Museum. Memorial of Josiah Wedgwood.

height:  50mm

matching arms:
    (a)  City of London;  The League of Goss Collectors
    (b)  Josiah Wedgwood

notes:  This was one of the first small models to be introduced.

The original, which is so named because it was at one time owned by the wife of the Duke of Portland, was lent to Josiah Wedgwood, who famously produced copies of it at his own pottery. The version of the Goss model which bears the longer inscription commemorates this (see first picture) and is thought to have been specially produced in 1895, perhaps as a limited edition, to mark the centenary of Wedgwood's death.

The model was also chosen by J.J. Jarvis as the first special model for members of The League of Goss Collectors and as such bears the special League arms (see second picture). This version was originally sent free to collectors when they first joined the League.