Made in the late 1800s, this red transfer ware teapot and bowl were originally part of complete child’s tea set by Charles Allerton. The pattern, known as Little Mary with Apron, depicts May standing in a road with her apron full of eggs, or biscuits, who knows. She dons a hat, and in her background is a cottage. This scene is encircled with flowers and leaves, in the aesthetic style; this scene is on both sides of the pot. The tea pot, which stand 5 ¼” tall with the lid on, has a square applied handle, decoration of the spout, and a lid with a square finial and a steam hole. The 4 ½” diameter bowl has the same scene on it. The pot is only marked Staffordshire England, but the bowl has an additional mark that looks like a bonnet with May 753 on it, indicated the pattern. These pieces have expected manufacturing flaws on them, since these pieces were made for play. The glaze on the pot isn’t as smoothly applied as it is on the bowl. Both pieces are in excellent, played with condition. The lip of the pot has two small chips on the rim, which do not show when the lid is on.
This would be a charming addition to your Staffordshire or Victorian child/toy collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Darling Victorian Red Transfer Ware Child’s Teapot and Bowl