Early Staffordshire Child's Name Mug
CHRISTENING CUP for HENRY
Staffordshire England c. 1850
This is gorgeous child's christening cup dating to c1850. This diminutive piece stands 2 1/2 " tall and 3" across the top rim, with a London shaped applied handle and turned shaped base. The mug is light weight and beautifully potted with engine turned foot , pastel blue overall slip glaze.
The mug is transfer printed with the name HENRY inside an elaborate floral reserve hand painted red, blue and green embellishment. The top rim and handle are outlined in black. The cup is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district of England. Mugs like this were made to celebrate a childs birth or as christening presents or gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training in the early to mid-19th century. A lucky child names Henry would have prized this mug.
The condition of this mug is great, with no chips cracks or repairs; details as shown in the photos. Glaze pops, minor glaze ponding firing spits and other insignificant firing imperfections. Nicely potted and the transfers applied with attention to detail. A very special gift for fellow named Henry or to add to any collection of christening gifts and early pearlware juvenilia or christening wares.