Posts Tagged ‘Staffordshire’

Copper lustre jug, c.1820

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

English soft paste pearlware jug with copper lustre bands, pink lustre trim and applied low relief classical decoration of frolicking cherubs and animals. It was most likely made by Wedgwood around 1820.

A metal bolt, visible just below the pink lustre band inside of the jug, holds the replaced handle securely in place

Jug stand 3-3/4″ tall and is 5-1/2″ wide

A metal handle was bolted on to the body of the jug to replace the original handle after it broke off. Curiously, the metal replacement was gilded to match the copper color of the jug and not white to more closely resemble the original handle color

This jug, with the same form and similar decoration, shows what the original handle of my repaired jug would have looked like

Photo courtesy of Aurea Carter Antiques

Two “Epsom Cup” jugs, c.1850

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Each of these polychrome decorated jugs was purchased separately and in different countries one year apart. Both have the same relief stag & dog decoration and possess a similar metal replacement handle. They were most likely made in Staffordshire, England.

The larger jug (left) has pink lustre decoration and measures 6.5 inches tall. It was purchased in the UK, not far from where it was made.

The smaller jug (right) was found in Maine and has a polychrome flow blue and pink lustre decoration. It stands 6inches tall.

Both jugs have tin replacement handles of a similar design

“EPSOM CUP” is impressed only on the larger jug

These three jugs of graduating size still have their original branch form handles

Photo courtesy of WorthPoint

English “Chinese House” mug, c.1790

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

This large soft paste pearlware ale mug was most likely made in Staffordshire, England in the late 1700s. Standing 6-1/2″ tall, the mug is decorated in cobalt blue underglaze with the “Chinese House” pattern, a popular middle class replacement for similarly decorated Chinese porcelain, affordable only to the wealthy. I am quite fond of this loose, stylized decoration; a melding of Eastern and Western influences. The sturdy 19th century replacement handle, with thumb rest and support straps, is made of Britannia metal, aka Britannium, a composite made up of 93% tin, 5% antimony and 2% copper. A traveling tinker made repairs such as this for the townspeople who saved their cherished broken wares in need of his services. Members of the upper class would have taken their damaged goods to a silversmith, resulting in a more refined sterling silver replacement.

This is what the simple loop handle must have looked like before it broke off, as seen on this similarly shaped mug of the same period.

photo courtesy of Earle D. Vandekar

Staffordshire child’s mug, c.1840

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

This little pearlware pottery mug was made in Staffordshire, England in the mid-1800’s and was meant to be a “Present for a good boy”.

The cobalt blue transfer decoration depicts a bucolic country house with mother standing outside, a school and a waterfall.

The sharp remains of the original ceramic handle protrudes from the unusual tin plate and scrolled handle repair, not ideal for the fingers of a small boy.

Mug measures 2-3/4″ tall.

Even though the bottom of the mug is undamaged, it is completely covered in tin.

This child’s mug with similar form and transfer decoration has its original applied handle intact.


Photo courtesy of eBay

Greek style teapot, c.1850

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Porcelain teapot made in the UK in the mid nineteenth century with matte finish neoclassical decoration, stands 7.25 inches long by 4.5 inches tall. I originally thought this teapot was made by Samuel Alcock but I have been told it was made by Dudson.

The other side of the teapot with chariot decoration.

Both the handle and the spout have an unusual repair of tightly wrapped metal wire.

The undamaged lid has extra deep sides.

The teapot was also available with a black background, shown here without the wire repairs.

Photo courtesy of eBay

“Naomi” salt glaze ewer, c.1847

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Parian salt glaze ewer with molded relief biblical design marked on the bottom: “Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law”, made in the mid-1800’s by Samuel Alcock in Staffordshire, England.

Ewer measures 9-1/2″ tall and has an intricately fashioned network of metal straps and wire.

The large metal replacement handle stands in for the long gone original ceramic handle.

A lavender ewer showing the original, more ornate handle.

Photo courtesy of Monique’s Glass Boutique

“Quadrupeds” sauce boat, c.1820

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

This wonderfully graphic pearlware pottery sauce boat was made by I. Hall in Staffordshire, England in the early 1800’s. It has a dark cobalt blue transfer decoration in the “Quadrupeds” pattern featuring a fantastic fox on both sides.

The replaced hollow pewter handle has been cleverly painted to match the decoration.

Sauce boat from the early 1800’s measures 3-7/8″ high, 7-1/2″ long.

Sauce boat is boldly stamped in cobalt on the bottom I HALL, QUADRUPEDS.

Another blue & white transferware sauce boat with its original handle.

Photo courtesy of Richard G. Marden & Daughter

Scroddled agateware jug, c.1860

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

This ceramic jug dates from the mid-1800’s and was most likely made in Staffordshire, England. It is completely covered in an abstract “agate” transfer design.

The original pewter lid remains, but the long gone ceramic handle has been remade out of tin. Jug measures 8-3/4″ tall.

The combination of the wood grain-like decoration and the wild metal straps make this 150 year old jug look quite modern.

This jug with similar agate transfer decoration and pewter lid still maintains its original loop-shaped handle.


Photo courtesy of eBay

Victorian Toby jug, c.1870

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

What could be more English than a Toby jug? This example, most likely made by Copeland Spode around 1870 and much copied by other potters, is hand painted using polychrome overglaze enamels.

Jug measures 6-1/2″ tall by  7-1/4″ wide.

A sizable tin handle with thumb and fingers grips was made by a tinker, replacing the original ceramic handle which broke off over 100 years ago.

The Toby jug sitting at the far left atop of the chest of drawers in the painting The Latest Addition by Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958) bears a striking resemblance to mine.

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Thanks to Robert Moores of NestEgg Antiques for sharing his knowledge of Toby jugs with me.

Prattware ovoid form jug, c.1810

Friday, March 19th, 2010

A charming English pottery  jug from Staffordshire measures 6-1/2″ high, with colorful relief images of children and dates from the early 1800’s. One side shows a boy, a girl holding a doll and their dog and is marked “Sportive Innocence”.

The other side shows the girl and boy fighting and is marked “Mischievous Sport”.

A metal handle was firmly put in place when the original handle broke off, most likely by mischievous children!

This jug is shows what the original molded handle looked like.

Photo courtesy of John Howard