The most amazing, large scale, treacle glazed, fired terracotta faux bois armchair by W Tickle and Son, Maryport Cumbria. Having the Prince of Wales feathers depicted to the centre of the back, three ostrich feathers emerging from a gold coronet, on the ribbon below you can see the remains of the words 'Ich Dien' meaning to serve and large initials underneath that AA.
This chair being the scale that it is and with the royal heraldic badge of the plume of feathers may suggest some connection to or possibly that it was made for the Prince of Wales, who at this point would have been Prince Edward, later to become Edward VII, it may be to commemorate the marriage of Edward VII to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863, unfortunately I have no provenance and this can only be speculation.
The Tickle family were involved in many aspects of industry in and around Maryport. In 1871 George Mason Tickle is listed in the census as living at Crosscanonby as a fireclay manufacturer employing 35 men, 3 women and 7 boys. His father William Tickle was a colliery agent. In 1881 he is now a commission agent and share broker whilst his 76 year old father is shown as a retired fire brick manufacturer. In 1877 a newspaper report states that George was leasing a the land for a brickworks at Cumwhinton from the Midland Railway. This does not seem to be an area with fireclay and only common bricks would have been made there. This leaves the most likely location for the Tickle fire brick works as Birkby Brickworks just south of Crosscanonby.
The you to David Kitching for permission to use this information on the Tickle family.