Scarce Child's Toy Transferware Cup and Saucer Set
Whittaker and Co. ~ Staffordshire England 1888
This is a wonderful child's transferware cup and saucer set, circa 1888. Originally part of a complete miniature children's tea set, the cup stands 2 1/8" tall with an applied handle. The saucer measures just under 5" in diameter. The transfer printing is a rich cheery red against a creamy earthenware background. The cup depicts the characters from children's nursery rhymes:
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
WENT TO THE CUPBOARD
TO GET HER POOR DOG A BONE
THE FARMERS WIFE
SHE JUMPED OUT OF BED
AND OUT OF THE WINDOW
SHE POPPED HER HEAD
The saucer features the characters from an old English, now politically incorrect nursery rhyme:
THERE WAS A LITTLE MAN
HE HAD A LITTLE GUN
AND HIS BULLETS WERE MADE
OF LEAD LEAD LEAD!
The tea set was made in Hanley in the Staffordshire district of England by Whittaker and Co. as part of its Nursery Rhymes series. The cup is marked with the registration number 103739, indicating the year 1888. The images were taken from a children's book titled 'Favourite Rhymes for the Nursery' published in London by Thomas Nelson in 1870.
The set is in great condition, with no chips cracks or repairs. Stilt marks and other minor transfer imperfections original to the making. Rim wear consistent with age. The set is well potted and the transfers are richly imaginative. This great little cup and saucer, offered as is, a joy to behold!
Whittaker's Nursery Rhyme tea set pieces are highly sought after. We have listed separately a companion plate, too. This delicious little set will make a fabulous complement to your collection of children's Aesthetic Transferware dishes or nursery rhyme collections!
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