Early Slip Decorated Mocha Ware Child's Transferware Mug
AMERICAN EAGLE & DAIRY COW
Staffordshire England c. 1840
This is an early childs mug, transfer printed against a slip decorated grey mochaware background. It was made around 1840. The mug stands 2-3/4" tall with a cinched waist, turned base and wide handle attached with primitive terminals. It is made of earthenware or ironstone. Black transfer printing depicts animals and birds – an American Eagle perched on a rock, and a Dairy Cow on the reverse. The mug is a great example of early folk art pottery made for the American market.
The mug was probably made in the Staffordshire region of England, but according to some sources, it may have been made in one of several Northern factories near Sunderland, or Swansea Wales.
Plates and mugs with images like this were made in the early to mid-19th century to be given as gifts for good children on a special occasion or rewards of merit and were also used to aid in the education of young children.
The naive little mug is in great condition. No chips cracks or repairs. The beginnings of a star craze line on the base, does not penetrate the bottom. This fantastic transferware mug with mocha slip embellishment will make a gorgeous addition to any serious collection of early children's wares and would be a fabulous gift for collectors of cows and American eagles.