This decorative little black transferware child’s mug was produced in Staffordshire in England, circa 1820. The extract from the hymn reads “While some poor creatures scarce can tell, Where they may lay their head, I have a home wherein to dwell, And rest upon my bed”. We see a kindly young girl with purse in hand about to offer a coin to a pair of vagrant beggars. This type of moral virtued mug was presented to good children at Sunday school during the early 19th century. The actual extract is from a hymn by Isaac Watts and was included in his book “Divine and Moral Songs for Children”. Isaac Watts (b 17th July 1674 – d 25th November 1748) was an English Christian Minister, hymn writer, theologian and logician. After thoroughly checking in Noel Riley's The History of Children's China 1790-1890, we have not found another example like this.
Measuring: Diameter with handle 3.25” (8.5 cm). Diameter 2.5” (6.3 cm). Height 2.5” (6.3 cm).
Condition: This little mug is in good condition for its vast age. There is a thumb sized discoloration mark to the inner rim which extends to the exterior, seen over the word "head". There is a small horizontal and vertical hairline where the discoloration mark is on the inside of the mug, approximately 0.25” (0.5 cm). There is some natural crazing to the base of the mug and some minor pitting to the rim of the mug.
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