Childs Transfer Printed Miniature Creamer WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Sunderland England c 1870
This soft paste childs milk jug or creamer c 1870 measures 2-1/2 inches tall with an applied moulded handle. Transfer printed in black within a fancy reserve against a creamy earthenware with pink lustre and pearlware glaze, the little jug features the motto:
LADIES ALL I PRAY MAKE FREE AND TELL ME HOW YOU LIKE YOUR TEA
It has been said that this motto, which originated as a childs nursery rhyme, was later used as a subtle or stealth expression of the early womens suffrage movement which began in England in the 1860s. According to one auction house, the pattern “calls for the ‘freedom’ of women”, an early reference to the growing sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic following the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.”
The jug is unmarked. The maker is unknown, although is hails from one of the Northeast potteries in Sunderland or Newcastle. The motif was also used in the Staffordshire potteries during the same period. The jug is in fair condition, with a nibble on the rim, hairline on the handle and no other chips cracks or repairs. Wear and rubbing to the pink lustre and edge, slight patina, consistent with age and prior use. The design is elegant and striking, an exciting commemoration of an historical event that changed the role of women in society. The piece will make a wonderful display and a welcome addition to any collection of children's early wares or collection of early feminst history. A rare miniature, offered as is.