Antique paneled ironstone tea cup and saucer with mulberry Marble pattern from the 1850s. The cup has 12 panels and the saucer has sixteen flutes. Both have an incised band below the rim as an added accent. The transfer printed faux marble pattern blends nicely with the white ironstone and looks convincing as the marble pattern also covers the interior of the cup. Various marble patterns was popular among some American households since fragments of these patterns have been recovered from excavated house sites in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, California and all along the eastern US to name just a few regions. This pattern marked a shift away from the dense flow blue and dark historical blue Staffordshire wares of the 1830s and 1840s. By 1855, plain white molded and paneled ironstone was the latest fashion among urban families from Boston to Houston and over to Chicago and the West Coast. Interestingly, the cup is handleless because it was cheaper to produced them since the factory could stack more cups in the kiln when they were handleless. It was also easier to ship them, too. Some historians believe that handleless cups were no longer being produced after about 1820, however many ironstone cup collectors can show hundreds of handleless teacup from the 1850s, 1860s and even the 1870s to show that this is not accurate.
This cup and saucer were produced by John Wedge Wood in about 1850. Mr Wood rather unscrupulously dropped the second `e' in his middle name and then ran the names together to capitalize on the famous Wedgwood brand started by Josiah Wedgwood back in Burslem in 1759. John Wedge Wood's mark is on the saucer, but in this particular case it is poorly legible but still can be verified from several publications showing clear examples of his marks. From these other examples, one can see that the ribbons trailing off the oval wreath and the shading in the lower section of the wreath all match John Wedge Wood's mark (see Godden 1964: mark #4276a on page 687; also see Stoltzfus and Snyder 1997 page 22). Mr. Wood operated a pottery from 1841 to 1860 which also helps one place a minimum age on his wares of at least 151 years. This cup and saucer set are about 10 years older than the minimum. And so if you collect printed or plain molded ironstone or unusual transfer printed Staffordshire wares, then you may want to include this fine matching cup and saucer while it is still available. And as always, this set also comes with my Docs Antiques `no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.
SIZE: The cup stands 2 7/8 inches tall and measures 3 1/2 inches across at the rim. The saucer has a diameter of 6 inches across and stands 1 1/4 inches tall along the rim.
CONDITION: Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition and have no major defects and NO cracks, NO hairlines, NO stains, NO repairs and NO restorations. The base of the cup has two tiny chips along the foot ring that are less than 1/8 inch each. The glaze is shiny and bright and neither vessel has any discoloration or stains.
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RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return this cup and saucer undamaged by sending it back post marked within seven days of receipt for a refund (see terms of sale for full details). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double box, we will gladly help you file your claim should it ever be necessary (to date, we have had only two claims for damage from shipping in over 7 years). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.
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