Rare Childs Mulberry Purple Tea Set
NYMPH WATER LILY
Hancock Whittingham & Co Staffordshire England c 1860
This fantastic miniature tea set is a stunning and scarce transferware toy, circa 1860. Originally part of a complete miniature children's Staffordshire tea set, the “Tea for Two” set includes all the major serving pieces as well as cups and saucers for a girl and her favorite doll. The set is decorated with a lush water lily or pond nymph pattern, transfer printed in a brilliant deep mulberry flow blue. It is marked with pattern name ‘NYMPH with the initials H&W. Shown 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 Hancock Whittingham & Co, a pottery manufactory in the Staffordshire region of England c1860.
The set comprises:
• Teapot with lid, 4-1/2 inches tall (small repair to underside of spout tip, spoon ding inside lid)
• Sugar with lid, 3-1/2 inches tall (spoon dings inside rim, chiplet on foot)
• Creamer or milk jug, 3-1/4 inches tall
• 2 cups, 1-1/2 inches tall, and
• 2 saucers, 4-1/2 inches across
The set is in great condition with just the minor issues described about, and no other chips, cracks or repairs. Not fine china and not meant to be, this earthenware set, made for childs play was probably considered disposable. MStilt marks, minor glaze pooling and insignificant transfer imperfections, all original to the making and adding to the authenticity and charm.
A doll size work of art, children's transferware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. Flower lovers and collectors of botanical flow blue will love this pattern.
Staffordshire Childs Purple Tea Set NYMPH Water Lily 1865 H&W Mulberry Flow Blue
$600 $750 SALE