Set of 6 Flow Blue Childs ABC Mugs
Nursery School Stories and Rhymes
Staffordshire England c 1860
This is a rare set of six early Staffordshire childs milk mugs. The set was salvaged from a 19th century Victorian schoolhouse in England, part of a complete shelf full of milk mugs for lunch and snack time. The mugs were made the Staffordshire region of England in the mid-19th century; exact maker is unknown.
Each mug measures just 3-1/4 inches tall and measures 3 inches across the top rim, with applied handles. Cobalt flow blue transfer prints on creamy earthenware blanks with. The mugs feature figural images, animals and ABC alphabet letters rhymes and stories, as follows:
1. M for MONKEYS at play ~~~ 2. B for Bull the Baker Bicycles Bringing Bread to Town, and E for Elephants dancing on a tight rope ~~~ 3. L for Lambs lather linen leaving it lily-white at length ~~~ 4. Three Kittens who lost their Mittens ~~~ 5. Topsy & Nero (2 Newfy Dogs) and Family Going on Holiday, and ~~~ 6. Lady riding Little Pony named Dapple Gray (with complete verse)
The set is in good overall condition, with a few minor nicks and dips but no cracks or repairs. Wear to the rims and bottoms. One age line. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect these mugs...not fine china, and not meant to be; made for children and 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 a set, as is.
The set will make a wonderful addition to any collection of transferware alphabet maxims mugs and plates, or any collection of early school education history.