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Ridgeways Coaching Days and Coaching Ways Bowl, England
A fine earthenware treasure made by Ridgeways, England. The beautiful amber brown transfer ware bowl has black transfer illustrations. The handle and top rim have silver luster applied during the firing process.
There are three scenes on the bowl. One is of a horse drawn coach with passengers - the writing reads, "Racing the MarC." Another is the King and Abbot receiving a meal which reads, "Henry the Eighth and the Abbot of Reading - I would give a hundred pounds on condition that I could feed as lustily on beef as you do". The third, a village scene reads, "The Village Cage at Lingfield".
From Ridgeways, `Coaching Days & Coaching Ways' series, the bowl was made in the 1890s to the 1920s in Shelton, Staffordshire, England.
Measures 8 inches across the top and sits 4 inches high. 8 cup, 2 quart capacity.
Condition is Excellent with no hairlines, cracks or repair. Crazing – common in all of this pottery because of the type of glaze used. Silver luster is intact and excellent (somewhat tarnished). Illustrations are clear and intact.
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.) I have left the attached typed notes that provide some provenance. Includes, "GIVEN TO GRANDMA IN `37' AFTER OUR HOUSE BURNED DOWN. FROM MR. BLAKE".
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 highlight the travel and inns. Some of the buildings still stand today.
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