If you’re a descendant of Joseph and Charity Mode (Moode) from Bucks County, PA, or the nearby New Jersey areas, this could be your (great-great-great??)-grandmother’s wedding china! This English creamware teabowl and saucer are each decorated with a large rose and several smaller sprigs, and the label on the bottom reads: “Wedding china of Charity (Van Horn) Mode, married 1776.” I suppose this was purchased a few months before the Revolutionary War broke out, since imports would have been unpatriotic from then on (unless Joe and Charity were Tories!) There were at least two women named Charity Van Horn who married a man named Mode in this period. Most likely this set belonged to Joseph Mode (also spelled Moode, born circa 1735 to Andrew Moode and Hannah Moode), who married Charity Van Horn (born November 27, 1752) in 1776 at age 41. They had 4 children: Phebe Hibbs, etc. I found another reference saying that Joseph Mode married Charity Van Horn in 1776 in Readington, Hunterdon County, NJ. Or it might be that this belonged to Charity Van Horn (born Hunterdon County, NJ, in 1752 to Cornelius Van Horne and Charity Wyckoff) who married William Pippenger (date unknown). Another reference stated that Joseph Moode 1752-1833 of Bucks Co., PA, and his wife Charity Van Horn were married in 1776 in Hunterdon County, but this may be repeating information about the Charity Van Horn I mentioned earlier. Better researchers will be able to clear this up. At any rate, it would be great to send this set back into the safekeeping of one of the families. The condition is excellent. The saucer, nearly five inches across, has only slight surface wear. The teabowl has three footrim chips on the bottom and slight surface wear.
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Antique Creamware Teabowl & Saucer, Van Horn Moode Wedding China, Bucks County Dated 1776.