Here is a petite antique mug just about as big as a coffee cup, at two and seven-eighths inches high. The turnings at the base are out of the ordinary, and the handle has typical molded details where it joins the body. It even seems to have the remains of the potter’s fingerprint in the clay at the bottom end of the handle! It’s got lots of charm and faithfully imitates the full-sized tankards that were so numerous in the late 18th century in England. The glaze is uneven in places, and it’s obviously country-made, probably for local customers, sold directly from the pottery rather than retailed in a shop—but I’m just guessing now. It presents itself as very homey and down-to-earth and a neat survivor of everyday ceramics for common use. I have to say that it has a fairly high-pitched ting when tapped, so there’s a chance it might be a type of soft-paste porcelain, not pearlware, but the shape says pearlware, so that’s what I’m going to call it. No damage and no noticeable wear. I’m leaving the label on the bottom, but this mug is definitely not creamware.
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