c1805 Flying Pennant Blue Printed Pearlware Belted Egg Cup

Early transfer printed pearlware pedestal style egg cup in the Flying Pennant pattern in blue from the 1795 to 1815 period. This cup shape is called framed or belted since the cup was placed in a stand that held 4, 5 or 6 egg cups. The belted form in pearlware is a rare egg cup form because probably fewer than one in 1000 pearlware egg cups is belted. And while many collectors often view this vessel form simply as an `egg cup', it could also function as a "pot de creme" (if covered), custard cup, mustard pot or even an individual salt cellar (with or without a cover). Mankowitz (1972:63) notes that a modest Queen's ware table service from Wedgwood's 1774 catalogue included six salts and two mustard pots. The catalogue also noted that additional vessel forms available in the late 1700 included "Egg cups, with or without Covers", "Ice-Cream Cups and Covers", and "Custard Cups, different Forms" to mention a few other examples (Mankowitz 1972:63-67). If any viewer can add to this list or provide further information, please do drop me a note – thanks.

Because this pearlware cup is of the "framed" or "belted" variety, it has a ridge or flange protruding out from its middle (see photos). The ridge helped suspend the cup within larger a tray with enough circular openings for seating five or six such cups. The larger tray would also have been on a pedestal, too, and would have been printed with the full Flying Pennant transfer scene so that the borders on the suspended cups would matched the border motif on the tray.

The Flying Pennant pattern is a comparatively scarce Chinese-style landscape found on some British pearlwares by at least 1805 (see Copeland 1980:90, Number 34, etc.; see also Whiter 1989:150 and Drakard and Holdway 1983:129; Coysh and Henrywood 1992:84; Coysh and Henrywood 1993:142 etc.). It was produced by Spode and also the Herculaneum Pottery. The oldest examples seems to be from Spode and could very well date from 1797 based on the impressed small SPODE mark found on one specimen. The egg cup offered here may also date from the last few years of the 1700s or the first decade of the 1800s but it is not marked. So if you are looking for an example of an uncommon early transfer printed pattern in a rare vessel form, then this pedestal shaped cup may be just one for you. And as always, this pearlware cup also comes with a Docs Antiques full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy as noted below.

SIZE: This pedestal egg cup stands 2 inches tall and measures 1 13/16 inches across at the rim. It narrows to 9/16 inches along its pedestal and then expands back to 1 1/8 inches at its foot. The cup has other nice attributes that include a lathe turned ridge right where the pedestal joins the cup and the base has been trimmed upward about 1/8 inches to create a fine concave underside.

CONDITION: This cup is in very good condition with only two small interior rim nicks that are shown with pencils pointing to them in the photos. The largest one is just under 1/4 inch at its widest part and has the longer yellow pencil pointing to it (see photos). Neither small chip affects the exterior side of the rim and both have had some minor cosmetic coloring although their small size really require no need to repair any further (again, see all photos). Beyond this, the cup has no other problems and no cracks, hairlines, scratches, stains or other repairs. The cup is a fine pearlware example of a hard to find early transfer pattern on a scarce vessel form.

SHIPPING: Add another one, two or three more Docs Antiques items for no additional shipping charges under my free combined shipping program and save when all can be sent in one box (email me if you have any questions, egg cup will be double packed for maximum safe shipping). USPS Priority shipping for this egg cup to any mainland US address is $9.30 (insurance & tracking are included in this amount). Shipping to addresses beyond the Continental US will be at cost and simply contact me with your address for a quote. Shipping to Canada will be by First Class International Parcel which is uninsurable and therefore the buyer must waive all liability should the item be lost or damage (Docs will provide proof of mail via a Customs Form with date of mailing) . Insurance is also not available for certain other International shipping options and we will send you several choices along with any insured options when you email us your international address. No handling fees are ever charged by Docs.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed and so if you are not happy with this FLYING PENNANT MOTIF PEDESTAL-STYLE PEARLWARE CUP for any reason, then you may send the PEDESTAL-STYLE PEARLWARE EGG CUP back to me within seven days to receive a refund minus the shipping/insurance costs. However, if this FLYING PENNANT PEARLWARE CUP is not as described, then you may also return it to me for a full refund of all shipping incurred so long as it was not damaged in the mail -- just let me know within seven days of receipt that you wish to return it for this reason and also kindly tell me what was misleading in the description. Any item damaged or lost in the mail is covered by insurance and I will assist you in filing a claim should that ever occur. Do not ship damaged items back since that will void the original insurance.

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Item ID: RL199.a308


SOLD via phone call to Allan D. of BC (Canada) and awaiting payment via mail.

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$56 USD SOLD

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