Creamware motto mug, c.1800

This simple creamware pottery mug with cylindrical form is decorated with a black transfer decoration of the Farmer’s Toast aka God Speed the Plough. It was made in England in the late 1700s-early 1800s and measures 4-3/4″  high. A tinsmith fashioned a sturdy replacement handle, attaching it to a metal band at the top and bolting it through the body at the bottom. I love the boldness of the dark printed decoration and patinated metal handle against the stark cream color of the mug.

Let the Wealthy & Great,

Roll in Splendor & State.

I envy them not I declare it.

I eat my own Lamb,

My own Chicken & Ham.

I shear my own Fleece & wear it.

I have Lawns I have Bowers,

I have fruits I have Flowers.

The lark is my morning alarmer.

So jolly Boys now,

Here’s God speed the Plough.

Long Life & Success to

The Farmer.

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Although the black transfer decoration differs, the form is the same and shows what the simple loop handle would have looked like on my mug.


Photo courtesy of Martyn Edgell

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4 Responses to “Creamware motto mug, c.1800”

  1. Frank Thomas says:

    Absolutely the best!

    Really enjoyed the script and appreciate the mend–how could one not repair that jewel!

    Thanks for sharing, Andrew

  2. Frank Thomas says:

    Not sure my posting went through as I got an error message

    Thanks for sharing, Andrew.
    How could one not mend this jewel!

  3. Michael Swanson says:

    The repair is so functional it males one think: “What else?
    That’s what I’d have done”.

  4. Steve Johnson says:

    SO cool! I have a pair of “Farmer’s Motto” oversize cups with saucers, by Adams, with a fancy “Farmer’s Arms” on them and extensive fancy transfers. I now wish one of them were broken and repaired!

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