A fine earthenware treasure made by Ridgeways, England. The beautiful amber brown transfer ware creamer has black transfer illustrations. The generous sized creamer has a black illustration of a village scene, "The Bell at Edmonton" on one side and a country scene with a horse drawn coach on the other. The handle and top rim have silver luster applied during the firing process.
From Ridgeways, `Coaching Days & Coaching Ways' series, the bowl was made in the 1890s to the 1920s in Shelton, Staffordshire, England.
Marked on the base within a swirling frame, "SCENES FROM COACHING DAYS & COACHING WAYS - BY SPECIAL PERMISSION OF MACMILLAN & CO. LTD. - RIDGEWAY ENGLAND". (Macmillan & Co. refers to a book publisher who owned the copyrights to the book and the coaching illustrations.)
Measures 6 inches from handle to spout and sits 4 3/8 inches high. 3 cup capacity (not to rim, with room at the top).
Condition is good with a one inch vertical hairline at top rim which I didn't notice until photographing. Illustrations are clear and intact. Silver luster is intact and excellent (somewhat tarnished). Some crazing – common in almost all of this pottery because of the type of glaze used.
HISTORY: As early as 1792, the Ridgway brothers produced quality earthen wares in Shelton, Staffordshire, England. Their Coaching Days and Coaching Ways series was made in the 1890s to the 1920s. The series features illustrations found in the book "Coaching Days and Coaching Ways" by W. Outram Tristram. The book was first published in 1888.
Each item showcases different scenes from routes along old English stagecoach roads and highlights the travel and inns. Some of the buildings still stand today.