Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Hand Painted Christening Mug & Inscription c1840 (Code 1434)
A 19th century Staffordshire porcelain personalised Christening mug. These items were made by many firms and used for personalisation very much as we would today. The inscription would usually be done by a local retailer or atelier to the customers specification but the floral designs would be from the factory. There are no makers marks which is the norm for these items, but the inscription handily provides a date. It is also interesting to note that the body designs were very similar over quite an extended period, examples can be found from around 1820 to the 1880's with very little change in shape or form. They are also found in pottery, but the porcelain bodied examples (as here) are of a higher standard and usually have higher quality decoration.
The hand painted flowers are well executed roses and very much in the style of the period. The handle has moulded decoration and is broader at the top joint to increase the strength at this stress point. The inscription is in gilt and reads:
Ellen Eliza Arrowsmith
16th June 1840
The inscription shows this item was used as a Christening gift, and it is quite fascinating how these traditions survive to the present day with Christening mugs still being popular some 180 years later. The year 1840 makes this very early in the reign of Queen Victoria.
A very good example with just minor gilt wear belying it's near 180 year age. Minor kiln frit inclusions from firing and normal for period.
Height: 9.5 cm ( 3 3/4 inch )
Width: 9.7 cm ( 3 3/4 inch ) across rim
Weight: 376 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1434 OC18-5
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