A first period Worcester tea canister, circa 1785, in the "Fisherman" pattern. It has a blue mark with the disguised numeral "7" in Oriental characters. This mark is illustrated in "The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Vol I, 1751-1851", by John Sandon, Antique Collectors Club, Publishers, with the notation that this mark was used between 1780-1790. The book further states that this was one of the most popular patterns of the day during the last quarter of the 18th century. For some reason the pattern is known as Fisherman by Caughley collectors but Fisherman and Cormorant in Worcester. The canister is in very good condition. There is a 3/4" chip on the inside rim of the lid (not visible when displayed) and some loss to the gilt accents around the upper and lower borders. It measures 5" T to the top of the finial.