Brown Staffordshire Transferware Story Mug Cider Tankard
MONKEY MISCHIEF CAUGHT
Scotland c 1890
This oversized transferware cider or beer mug or tankard dates to c 1890. The tankard is transfer printed in dark brown embellished underglaze with green yellow pink and blue enamel paint applied on an earthenware body standing 4" tall and 4" across the top rim, 5 inches across with a molded square handle. The inside rim and handle is decorated with a beaded aesthetic band.
The mug was made as a cider or beer tankard that features a two-part story depicting a shopkeeper who playfully pulls the tail of a monkey, only to have the monkey turn around and pull her hair. The two panels are titled MISCHIEF & CAUGHT. Background scenery includes townspeople at church and a fisherman in a boat with a walrus in the water.
Giant loving cups like this were made for pub ware and also sold as gifts for friends and family in the 19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in books and newspapers of the same period.
The mug is unmarked except for a tiny tally mark. It likely hails from Scotland, likely attributable to Campbellfield Pottery Co. a Scottish pottery manufacturer in the latter quarter of the 19th century.
The tankard is in very good condition, with a short tight hairline on the top rim, a light age line and a tiny fracture on the bottom rim, and no other chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for pubs and taverns, probably considered disposable. The transfers are not aligned neatly, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Sold as is, a great addition to your collection of transferware. We have listed another similar Milkmaid tankard and several other Scottish and English brown transferware tankards this week, coming from an old collection. A great gift to for farming friend or drinking buddy. Please send us an email with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.