This is quite a unique Wileman/The Foley faience loving cup which extols the values and spirit of 'the Yorkshireman' with amusing inscriptions in old 'northern borders' English dialect printed on the front and back of this large two handled cup. The copyright for the inscriptions and the design is Dennis and Holloway who were producers of color sized picture postcards of Scarborough at the end of the 19th Century. The Foley mark on the cup was used between 1892 and 1911.
The front of the cup shows a family Coat of Arms topped with a head in armour smoking a pipe and wearing a black rather crumpled top hat. Within the coat of arms are a band of fleas, a fly, a magpie and a piece of bacon, which all seem to reflect special charms. Over this crest is the general inscription 'Here's to us all ~ On us may we never want for nought'. Underneath the shield appears to be ' Take Hod and Sup Lads'.
The loose translation of the longer inscription on the back of the cup is:
A flea will bite whoever it can ~ And so my lads will a Yorshireman.
A fly will sup with Dick, Tom or Dad ~ And so by God will a Yorkshireman.
A magpie can talk for a terrible span ~ And so and all can a Yorkshireman.
A flitch (piece of bacon) is no good without its bun, you'll agree. No more is a Yorkshireman, don't you agree.
The cup is in perfect condition other than some very slight loss to the gilding on the upper rim. This is a fun and decorative piece of northern English humour and history.
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