Childs Transferware Tea Set
PUNCH & JUDY
Charles Allerton & Sons ~ Staffordshire England c1895
This is a stunning child's transfer printed toy tea set, circa 1895. Originally part of a complete children's miniature tea set, the serving pieces are melon shaped with scalloped rims. The color is a true forest green.
The tea set includes: • Teapot stands about 5-1/2 inches tall (firing separation inside spout) • Sugar stands about 4-1/2 inches tall (chip inside lid) • Creamer or milk just stands about 3-1/2 inches tall • Waste bowl, 2-1/2 inches tall, 4 inches across top rim • 4 round cups, 2 inches tall (1 cup has old crack & chip) • 6 saucers, 4-1/2 inches in diameter, and • 6 plates, 5-1/2 inches in diameter (1 plate has non-penetrating line on back side)
The set features the fabulous characters from the Punchinella puppet show (dating back to Italy in the early 17th century) of Mr Punch, Judy and Ragbaby, along with a fanciful pipe-smoking frog. The images are repeated and wrap around the perimeter of the hollow pieces. These fanciful characters are surrounded by an aesthetic display of flowers and geometrical whimsies. The handles and lids have a geometrical border trim that complements the central image. The pattern name is "Punch". It was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical children's tea sets. The set is marked with the Allerton crown mark (dating to 1895-1905) and the pattern name.
The set is in overall great condition with only the minor damage described above. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect these sets...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not always aligned neatly, and there is a firing separation inside the teapot’s spout, stilt marks, runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge crizzling original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm.