I note an auction listing for what is claimed to be a Wood & Caldwell figure of Britannia, c.1810. (See the Believe It? tab at the top of this page for full details.) I am posting a genuine Wood and Caldwell Britannia to set the record straight.
This figure is marked Wood & Caldwell, Burslem...so there is no doubt who made it. Also, we know that it was made between 1805 and 1818. The technique of silver lustering, seen here on Britannia's helmet, shield, and bodice, was done using platinum and it was only introduced commercially in 1805--so the figure couldn't have been made before 1805. And Wood & Caldwell disolved their partnership in 1818--so the figure couldn't have been made after 1818.
Britannia has symbolized Britain since Roman times; the lovely lion at her side symbolizes England. The war years, culminating in 1815, were years of active and conspicuous patriotism. Britannia appeared frequently in engravings of the period, and one no doubt inspired her replication in clay.
I love this figure! She looks magnificent standing next to the Wood and Caldwell St. George. Creates a very patriotic setting.
As for the two bidders who are currently competing for the figure incorrectly listed as Wood & Caldwell...I hope you know what you are really buying.
This is not a Wood and Caldwell figure, nor is it an early 19th century figure, despite claims made in an auction listing. Interestingly, the figure is listed as porcelain, and Wood and Caldwell did not make porcelain. Buyer beware!