Early Slip Mochaware Mug ~ Puppies at Play 1840

Child's Transferware Slip Mocha Mug

Frolicking Dogs

Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840

This is a whimsical child's transferware mug, circa 1840. This delightful piece stands 2 3/4" tall x 3" wide with an applied loop handle, beautifully beaded rim, and turned base. It is transfer printed in black over a dipped mochaware slip glaze. The mug presents an image of two young dogs playfully negotiating over a bone. Such naive imagery of these young puppies at play.

The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district of England. Mugs and plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.

The mug is in great condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. A very faint hairline, visible only upon close inspection. Children's early mugs of this quality are quite scarce and highly sought after. The mug will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes. Please email me with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.

Item ID: AA1280

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