Early Staffordshire Childs Transferware ABC Nursery Mug
TheThree Bears ~ G ~ Getting Ready for a Walk
Staffordshire England c 1845
This whimsical little child's transferware soft paste mug dates to 1840-1850. The diminutive piece stands 2-7/8 inches tall by 2-5/8 inches wide with an applied loop handle and a shaped turned base.
It is transfer printed in green and finished with pearlware glaze. It features the single letter G. The center of the mug shows the upper and lower case letters surrounded by illustrated figural images of the Three Bears ‘GETTING READY FOR A WALK’.
The cup was made in the Staffordshire region of England in the 1850s. It is unmarked. The illustrations were originally found as engravings in an early childrens alphabet primer book from the 1800s, telling the story of Silverlocks, the predecessor of Goldilocks. Mugs and plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and to encourage their imaginations in the 19th century.
The mug is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Minor manufacturing imperfections typical of the period, original to the making and adding to the unique charm of these early children's wares. Light discoloration inside the bottom only, consistent with prior use. It is amazing that this little piece was made for a child so long ago! Children's early mugs of this quality are quite scarce and highly sought after especially in such great condition. The images are delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. The cup will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes. A lovely addition to your ABC transferware collection.