Early Child's Historical Transferware Mug
GOSPEL TEACHING ~ TOUCHING THE HEM OF THE GARMENT
Staffordshire England c.1840
This rare children's early transferware mug commemorates teachings from scripture and the condemnation of politics in Ireland. Probably from a biblical series, the mug was made to help teach important gospel lessons to children.
The mug depicts two biblical scenes, one of a woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, and the other showing children gathering to heed the lessons of their teacher. The text includes: “Envy and Avarice shame all lands. Unholy Ireland love of greed…Thus Joseph is by brothers hands to foreign merchant basely sold.” And reverse side: “Sickness had long o’ermastered strength, the sufferer fears her pains to tell…She humbly turns to Christ at length and finds through blessed faith she is well.”
The mug stands 2-3/8" tall x 2-3/8" wide with a loop handle. Transfer printed in cobalt blue with pearlware glaze. The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district.
The mug is in very good condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Minor manufacturing imperfections typical of the period.
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