Here is an armorial mug with a printed transfer of Father Time next to Justice holding her scales, plus the mottos “Upon My Honor” and “Amicitia Amor Et Veritas” (Friendship, Love and Truth), plus a slew of other Odd Fellows (IOOF) symbols, including the heavenly eye of God, a lion lying down with the lamb, planets, a skull and crossbones, etc. The Odd Fellows are a fraternal organization that rose to prominence in the 18th century, so this must be one of the early items associated with the club. There are many Odd Fellows memorabilia from the nineteenth century, but few from the eighteenth. Creamware usually dates to the second or third quarter of the eighteenth century. One can imagine a new member being presented with this mug and hoisting a few tasty brews in celebration—indeed, the Odd Fellows of that time (and perhaps our own time) were noted for late-night revels that often were brought to the attention of the local constabulary at the recommendation of the angry neighbors. It stands just over three and a half inches tall and has two hairlines from the rim on the left side of the eye in the center of the transfer. Interestingly, there is a mark on the bottom, almost unheard of on creamware, of a letter P inside parentheses. If anyone knows the meaning of this, please let me know.

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C.1770 Staffordshire Creamware Odd Fellows Mug “Amicitia Amor Et Veritas” with Maker's Mark


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