William Smith & Thomas Collier


Stock No: 001396


Height:  8.5 Inches / 21.5 cm


Reference: Harding Second Addendum, Page 182, Fig 1945


Price: £330.00


A rare spill vase group figure, the man on the left wears a top hat, neckerchief, long jacket, waistcoat, and trousers with leggings, being clubbed by a pistol held by the man on the right, who is similarly dressed but is bareheaded. A dog attacks the man in the top hat and there are dead birds on the base. It has long been thought that these figures represents the murder of William Smith. I discovered a titled larger version of this figure a number of years ago, although it did not name Smith and Collier, it was titled ‘Poachers’ in gilt script, c1866. This figure can be found in two sizes, it is in perfect condition and is the actual figure that was used in the Harding book illustration.