Early Child's Purple Pearlware Transferware Teaset
Staffordshire England c 1850
This is an uncommon child's transferware tea set, circa 1850. The set was made by an unknown maker in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid-19th century. The set is decorated with a brilliant purple or violet (sometimes called lavender or mulberry) transfer printed design featuring a swirling ribbon encircling the perimeter. The pieces in the set are marked with the letter P and with various tally marks (though no indication of the maker’s identity). We have not found this pattern in any of the standard reference books.
The set is made of an earthenware soft paste. The set comprises:
~Teapot (Aladdin shape) with Steam Hole Lid, 4-1/4 inches tall.
~Sugar Bowl with Lid, 4 inches tall (faint interior ageline in the body).
~Creamer,2-7/8 inches tall.
~Waste Bowl, 3 inches tall, 4-3/8 inches across (stilt-marks on the foot, original to the making.)
~6 Handled Cups, 2-1/8 inches tall, 2 1/2” diameter (two cups have a stilt mark flake on the foot rim).
~6 Saucers, 4-3/8 inches diameter.
~2 Plates, 5-5/8 inches in diameter.
The set is in great condition with only the minor issues mentioned above. No other chips cracks stains 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. Gleaming glaze and colorful mortif. Truly remarkable condition considering the set belonged to generations of children!
Ever so hard to find an original purple transferware. The set will make a stunning addition to your collection of children's dishes and a fine heirloom to be treasured by generations to come.
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