As early as 1792, the Ridgway brothers produced quality earthenwares in Shelton, Staffordshire, England.
The Coaching Days and Coaching Ways series was created on an amber brown transfer-ware pottery with black transfers. It was made in the 1890s to the 1920s. The series features illustrations chosen from ones by Hugh Thomson & Herbert Railton, that were contained in the book “Coaching Days and Coaching Ways” by W. Outram Tristram. The book was first published in 1888.
Each item showcases different scenes from routes along old English stagecoach roads. The coaches traveled between inns and villages and the scenes featured on the pottery highlight the travel and inns. Some of the buildings are still standing today.
This pitcher has two transfers entitled "The Broken Trace" and "The Bell Edmonton". The transfer scenes are black, against an amber brown background. The trim around the base, top and handle is silver lustre. The Pitcher measures 3 1/4" across the top, 5 1/2" in height and 3 5/8" across the base. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs; overall crazing and very minor wear on the silver lustre. The base is marked "Scenes from Coaching Days & Coaching Ways by Special Permission of Macmillan & Co. Ltd. Ridgway England".