Cauldon porcelain tyg, c.1910

This beautifully painted three-handled porcelain¬†tyg was made in Staffordshire, England by Cauldon, c.1905-20. It is hand painted in polychrome enamels with gilt detailing in the Highland Cattle pattern, signed D Birbeck. It is marked in green on the underside CAULDON LTD England and measures 7″ high, with an opening diameter of 5-1/4″.

Tygs are muli-handled drinking cups designed to be passed around and shared by many drinkers. The space on the rim between the handles delineates a surface for each drinker, a more sanitary solution to a single handled mug. Tygs date to the 15th century and were popular into the 17th century, but today they are used for decoration and the nasty old habit of sharing a beer in a traditional mug lives on.

We will never know if this fine tyg suffered its many breaks as a result of being thrown across the room during a bar brawl or if it merely slipped from grandma’s hands as she was dusting it. But thankfully it was brought to the attention of a china mender, who pieced the puzzle back together using 17 metal staples.

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3 Responses to “Cauldon porcelain tyg, c.1910”

  1. Jackie says:

    I so love it when the repairs are visible, just wonderful!
    Jackie

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh Andy!

    This is such a beauty in so many ways.
    And I like the decoration, steer in front of mountain. He has a puzzled look. What am I doing on this tyg?

    Thank you for another make-do treat!

    Best regards,

    Sarah R

  3. Frank Thomas says:

    Another fine posting, Andrew!

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