English porcelain commemorative jug moulded with Van Amburgh, circa 1850

Isaac A. Van Amburgh (1808–1865) was an American animal trainer who developed the first trained wild animal act in modern times. By introducing jungle acts into the circus, Van Amburgh paved the way for combining menageries with circuses. After that, menageries began using equestrian and clownperformances in circus rings. Gradually the distinction between circus and menagerie faded.

Height: 6 ⅛”

In good condition