Antique blue ground Staffordshire child’s or young adult’s mug with applied white clay sprigging showing a hunting scene composed of two men on the ground next to their horses as several dogs leap over a fence (see all Photos). On the other side of the fence are more hounds surrounding their prey (Photos 2 & 3). Hunting scenes with hounds chasing deer, foxes and other prey were popular on Staffordshire tankards, mugs cups and jugs in the late 1700s to mid 1800s and later. Creamware and pearlware hunting mugs and tankards are far less common today in comparison to various stoneware examples from the same period (e.g., 1790 to 1850). In fact, brown salt-glazed stoneware hunting jugs and tankards were produced by an estimated forty to sixty Staffordshire firms in the period shortly after 1840. Of interest, this exact same spigged scene has been found on transitional mugs and cans containing the SPODE mark impressed on their bases. The mug listed here, however has no makers mark and so its attribution will be left up to those collectors who wish to assign a specific factory to it.
This is a small mug or can with a capacity of one-half pint (the term cann is an older label used by potters to designate a small tankard that is about as tall as it is in diameter across). The scene is composed of five segments of white clay removed from detailed press molds and then carefully applied to the exterior of the mug while still pliable. The scene may have been originally designed for a full size adult tankard with a capacity of a quart or more rather than a mug that stands only 2 7/8 inches tall. The mug’s complete size and condition details are given farther below.
Other details on this small mug include a finely beaded rim band and a strongly cordoned concave base band or foot (see all Photos). The body and glaze is a late transitional creamware that looks creamy white on the inside and exterior but still exhibits a hint of blue tinting in the glaze on the underside of its base. The soft blue ground that makes up the background of the scene was applied evenly as a slip around the full circumference of the mug before the white clay scene was added. The end result is a decorative small mug that is both attractive and finely detailed. So if you are looking for a nice antique Staffordshire small mug or can from the 1820s or 1830s and possibly from Spode (see note above), then do make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this nearly 200 year old mug also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This small mug stands 2 7/8 inches tall and measures about 3 3/16 inches across at the rim and 4 1/8 inches across at its widest when the handle is also included. Its base has a maximum diameter of about 3 1/4 inches across. The mug has a capacity of about 8 fluid ounces or one-half pint. If you collect children’s or young adult’s mugs and cups, then you may want to purchase this mug while it is still available.
CONDITION: This mug is in good condition with just one very tight and short hairline that is visible in the first, second and very last photos. The hairline is 1/2 inch long on the interior of the mug (see photos). The only other issues are a small 3/16 inch small chip along the beaded rim edge above the horses (see Photo #2) and tiny firing contacts along the rim where the mug was set on a stilt. Beyond this, the mug has no other damage and no stains, no repairs and no restorations. The handle and foot or base are perfect, and if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return the mug for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $7.80 for well packed and insured USPS Priority Mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $2 since insurance and tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). No handling or packing fees are ever charged and fragile items like this mug are double packed for maximum protection. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. We only use the USPS for International shipping to reduce broker fees and some Custom’s charges when an item is over 100 years old. We always encourage the International buyer to select an International shipping option that also provides insurance against loss or damage, and ask the International customer to send us their address for an email quote covering all insured International shipping options to your location. To date, we have shipped fragile items to 28 countries around the globe and have not had any items lost or broken, however this fact does not guarantee that no postal mishandling will ever occur in the future. Also, please note that International import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.
RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques Ruby Lane listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if the buyer is unhappy with the purchase, then she/he may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within fourteen days of original receipt for a refund (certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged by shipping in the US are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double pack, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary (we have not had any claims for damage or loss in over seven years). Of course, never send an item back that has been damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.
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