“Pekin” pattern cup, c.1880

An English porcelain cup made by Beech & Hancock in Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1800’s has hand-painted color washes over a “Pekin”¬†transfer design.

This popular image of two Chinese opium smokers was later altered, deleting all traces of the once legal past time.

The unusual “do-it-yourself” removable handle from the early 1900’s looks like something found at a local hardware store. The remains of the original handle are clearly visible.

A plate showing the later design, minus the opium pipes and more family friendly.

Photo courtesy of the great, great grandson of maker James Beech

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