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EARLY CHILDS BLACK TRANSFERWARE MUG

WHISTLING RUFUS

c. 1900

This incredible tapered mug stands 3 1/8" tall x 3" wide at the bottom, the widest point, excluding the applied handle.
The transfer image, painted in yellow, beige, soft pink and ruby red lips, is of Whistling Rufus and a friend in a hot bath. Rufus has musical notes dancing around him and he bellows and whistles much to the dismay of his playmate. A song about early ragtime minstrels, Whistling Rugus was composed in 1899 by W. Murdock Lind (Lyrics) and Kerry Mills (tune). Black Americana interest. Condition is very good, bright and clean. A one and a half inch faint hairline near the handle. Age consistent wear.
It is hard to place a pottery to this piece, most likely from the Staffordshire region of England and made for the American market. Could possibly be American made.

Item ID: AA1253

Child's Historical Mug ~ Whistling Rufus 1890

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