Scarce Child's Toy Transferware Cup and Saucer Set NURSERY RHYMES Whittaker and Co. ~ Staffordshire England 1888
This is a wonderful child's transferware cup and saucer set, circa 1888. Originally part of a complete miniature children's tea set, the cup stands 2 1/8" tall with an applied handle. The saucer measures just under 5" in diameter. The transfer printing is an earthy sepia brown against a creamy earthenware background. The cup depicts the characters from children's nursery rhymes:
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD WENT TO THE CUPBOARD TO GET HER POOR DOG A BONE
THE FARMERS WIFE SHE JUMPED OUT OF BED AND OUT OF THE WINDOW SHE POPPED HER HEAD
The saucer features the characters from an early English, now politically incorrect, nursery rhyme:
THERE WAS A LITTLE MAN HE HAD A LITTLE GUN AND HIS BULLETS WERE MADE OF LEAD LEAD LEAD!
The tea set was made in Hanley in the Staffordshire district of England by Whittaker and Co. as part of its Nursery Rhymes series. The cup is marked with the registration number 103739, indicating the year 1888. The images were taken from a children's book titled 'Favourite Rhymes for the Nursery' published in London by Thomas Nelson in 1870.
The set is in great condition, with no chips cracks or repairs. Stilt marks, kiln bubbles, dust and other minor transfer imperfections original to the making. Slight rim wear consistent with age. The images are richly imaginative. This great little cup and saucer, offered as is, a joy to behold!
Whittaker's Nursery Rhyme tea set pieces are highly sought after and extremely hard to find. This delicious little set will make a fabulous complement to your collection of children's Aesthetic Transferware dishes or nursery rhyme collections! We have listed a delightful selection of children's transferwares this week, and we are always happy to combine postage for multiple purchases.