EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE MUG
A PRESENT FOR A GOOD BOY
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a wonderful child's transferware mug, circa 1840. This piece stands 2 7/8” tall x 2 3/4" wide with an applied loop handle. The mug is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze.
The piece is transfer printed in red pink with a central transfer cartouche surrounding the phrase, " A PRESENT FOR A GOOD BOY. One side of the mug has three children delighted to find a birds nest, the opposite side has a young girl looking into a birdcage.
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Mugs like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.
The condition of this exceptional mug is EXCELLENT. Clean and bright, museum quality as no signs of any wear.