Staffordshire Puzzle Mug
The Landlords Caution
This amusing c1825 Staffordshire pearlware tankard mug with black transfer prints embellished with blue, yellow, green enamels and pink. Measuring almost 4" tall, with a turned base and applied handle with leaf terminals. decorated with the amusing topsy tervy verse, "The Landlord's Caution". To make sense of it, it must be read bottom to top and right to left:
The Brewer has sent his Clerk And I must pay my Score And if I trust my beer How can I pay for more.
A highly collectible, scarce design, an example is found in Victoria & Albert Museum ceramic collections. The Marx-Lambert collection at Compton Verney features an example, about which they said: “Conviviality has a naturally close association with pottery, and drunkenness is an age-old joke”.
The tankard is in great condition, with no chips or cracks. The inside rim may have had some professional restoration, but if so, the work was perfectly wrought and is invisible to the naked eye. Offered as is. Exudes humor and folksy charm.