This utterly charming little child’s pottery mug was produced in Staffordshire, England during the early 19th century, circa 1830s. The mug features a transfer printed design depicting two scenes from the accompanying 16th century children's nursery rhyme ‘The house that Jack Built’. In one scene we see the cow launching the dog into the air; in the other we see a dog chasing a mischievous cat that has captured a rat. The cumulative rhyme reads;
‘This is the cow with the crumpled Horn that tossed the Dog that worried the Cat that killed the Ray that eat the Malt that lay in the House that Jack built.’
This is a popular children rhyme but with a rare depiction.
Reference: Page 112, Plate 369 in ‘Gifts For Good Children, This History of Children’s China, 1790 – 1890 by Noel Riley.
Measuring: Width including handle 3.75 inch (9.5 cm) by height 2.5 inch (6.5 cm).
Condition: Three crazing marks to handle and some crazing marks to interior, they are not cracks. Three small fleabites to top rim, possible from where the mugs were stacked in the kiln.
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Rare Staffordshire Children’s Mug, Rhyme The House That Jack Built, Transferware Cup Circa 1830s Dog Cow Cat
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