A Staffordshire Child’s Mug with a pink lustre rim titled “A Reward for Industry.” The mug dates c. 1840 and the red or pink transfer image shows a spotted dog pulling a cart across a stream. Apparently, the cart got stuck, one boy jumped into the water to push and 2 other boys are on the sidelines cheering him on. No indication of what might be in the cart nor any indication that the dog is in distress. The mug is 2 ½” in diameter and 2 3/8” tall. It is in very fine condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. There is a smear in the transfer (underglaze) at the lower right (“A Re…”) and also an underglaze tear/white streak in the transfer across the face/arm of the boy waving. (remember, the thin tissue transfers were not easy to apply to small curved surfaces, and the only people with small enough fingers for that kind of delicate work were 10-11 year old girls!) A nice example of child’s pottery used to teach moral values.
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