Early Staffordshire Childs Transferware Tea Set
Edge & Malkin Staffordshire, England c 1860
This child's transferware tea set, circa 1860, was made by Edge & Malkin, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid-19th century.
The set is decorated in a rich country red, transfer printed on a creamy earthenware form. The set features the scarce GOAT pattern (also known as ‘Goat Girl’ of ‘Dancing Goat’), depicting a girl playing with her dancing pet goat. There is a manor house in the background with lush vegetation and a twisted loop border pattern. A few of the pieces in the set are marked with the numeral 201, a code from the maker Edge & Malkin (subsequently Cork Edge & Malkin. The pattern is discussed in Doris Lechler's English Toy China , Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Pottery and Porcelain from the UK and US, and Petra Williams' Staffordshire Romantic Transfer Patterns.
The set is comprised of: • TEAPOT WITH LID 4-1/4" tall • SUGAR WITH LID 4-1/4" tall (small chip on underside of rim, spoon sings on edge of lid) • CREAM PITCHER 2-3/4" tall • 2 CUPS, 2” tall and • 2 SAUCERS, 4 3/4" diameter
The set is in great condition, with only the minor issue mentioned above and no other chips cracks or repairs. The set has minor manufacturing imperfections, including transfer imperfections original to the making and typical of the childrens' wares of the period. Light overall glaze crazing and insignificant rim wear, consistent with age. Truly remarkable condition considering the set belonged to generations of children!
Ever so hard to find an original miniature country red transferware tea set with animals, a stunning addition to your collection of children's dishes and a fine heirloom to be treasured by generations to come. Goat lovers and other friends of animals will love this set!