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American Historical Staffordshire Handleless Cup & Saucer ~ Wadsworth Tower from Enoch Wood's Shell Border Series, c. 1830
A very nice dark blue American Historical Staffordshire Handleless Cup & Saucer set with the Wadsworth Tower (Connecticut) transfer from Enoch Wood & Sons' Shell Border Series. The scene shows Wadsworth Tower on a hilltop in the distance, while a small boat sails the river in the foreground. Wadsworth Tower was located on the hilltop west of Hartford, Connecticut, but the scene is clearly a figment of the engraver's imagination. The title, "Wadsworth Tower" appears in a banner below the scene on the saucer, and both pieces have large shells for their border designs. The cup is about 3 ¾" in diameter at the top and 2 ¼" tall; the saucer is 5 5/8" in diameter. The saucer is marked with an impressed Wood & Sons, Burslem eagle mark, an impressed `K' and a printed '14;' the saucer a faintly printed `70' or '10.'
Both the cup and the saucer are in very fine condition: no chips, cracks, lines or repairs. There is an `in-the-making' glaze mark on the top edge of the saucer: looks like it was touched by a thumb before the ink had a chance to set. Complete, undamaged cup and saucer sets in Historical Staffordshire are difficult to find, and this pair is a very nice example.
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