Rare EVA Childs Transferware Historical Staffordshire Miniature Tea Set
Beech Hancock & Co Staffordshire England c 1852
This fantastic miniature tea set is a stunning and scarce transferware toy, circa 1850, a pocket size portrait of a beloved character from literary history. The set has a floral border trim (inside the cup as well as along the rims) finished with pearlware glaze. It is transfer printed in a rich country red, decorated in the scarce EVA pattern, depicting a young girl sitting with her arm around a lion or huge dog, possibly a Newfoundland breed.
An early service for four little girls and their dolls, the miniature child size set includes:
~ Teapot, 4 inches tall, 4-1/4 inches long (glazed over chip on top edge; wear to tip of spout;
~ Cream pitcher, 2-1/2 inches tall (minor glaze flake and wear on top spout rim);~
~ Open sugar, 2-1/4 inches tall (hairline crack on top edge; chip on foot, tiny rim nibbles);
~ Four cups, 2 inches tall;
~ Four saucers, 5 inches across; and
~ Cookie plate, 5-1/4 inches across.
The "Eva" transferware pattern was presumed to be made for the American market shortly after Harriet Beecher Stowe's book 'UNCLE TOM'S CABIN' was published in 1852. The young girl in the image is said to be Evangeline St Clare, the virtuous character 'Eva' whose character personifies the virtues of selfless love and forgiveness.
The set is marked with the pattern name EVA and the initials BH & Co. Referenced in Doris Lechler's English Toy China and Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Pottery and Porcelain from the UK and US, the set was made by Beech Hancock & Co, a pottery manufactory in the Staffordshire region of England c1852.
The set is in great condition with only the issues described in detail above. No other chips, cracks or repairs. Stilt marks, tiny firing split and other insignificant transfer imperfections, original to the making and typical of these early wares. Rim wear and glaze crazing consistent with age and prior use. The tiny scale of this set and the utter charm of the imagery is especially appealing. Children's transferware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. Animal lovers and collectors of anti slavery Americana and historical Staffordshire will love this pattern! Offered as is, as described. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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