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DR. FRANKLIN'S MAXIMS ~ Diligence Patience

Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840

This is whimsical little child's transferware mug, circa 1840. This diminutive piece stands 2 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" wide with an applied loop handle. The mug is light weight and beautifully potted with a heavy pearlware glaze.

It is transfer printed in rich dark black wonderful four color hand applied polychrome in shades of cherry red, green, blue and golden yellow. One side of the mug has a transfer of a proud wood cutter with his axe after felling the mighty oak.

The other side has the Dr. Franklin's Maxim:

Little strokes fell Great Oaks

By Diligence and Patience the Mouse ate in two the Cable

The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Mugs like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century.

The mug is in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.

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Item ID: AA424

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Franklin's Maxims Childs Mug ~ Little Strokes


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