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Arthur Orton (Sir Roger Tichbourne)
Stock No: 001360
Height: 14.75 Inches / 38 cm
Reference: Harding Book 1, Page 102, Fig 245
A figure of Arthur Orton standing on a titled base with raised capitals, Sir R Tichbourne, his left arm across his chest holding a bird, his right to his side holding a rifle, wearing a top hat, jacket, waistcoat, and trousers. A rare figure to find, this example has been glazed but has no underglaze or overglaze colour, it is in perfect original condition having no damage repairs or restoration c1874.
The Tichbourne case was a legal cause célèbre that captivated Victorian England in the 1860s and 1870s. It concerned the claims by a man sometimes referred to as Thomas Castro or as Arthur Orton, but usually termed “the Claimant”, to be the missing heir to the Tichborne Baronetcy. He failed to convince the courts, was convicted of perjury and served a long prison sentence.