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Railway Jug: C.1135-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Railway Jug


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




White earthenware, thrown, and transfer-printed in black under blue tinted lead-glaze. The jug has an ovoid body with slightly projecting recessed base, and a harp-shaped strap handle of D-section. The exterior is decorated with a railway train travelling to the right through a landscape with bushes and fences below it, and hills, trees, and a village church with a spire above it. The locomotive, named very faintly, 'THE NOVELTY' is preceded by a tender in which is a man and a barrel. Behind the locomotive there is an open truck laden with barrels, a truck of cattle, a truck of pigs, and an open passenger carriage filled with men and one woman. On the exterior and interior of the neck and lip there are borders flowers and scrolls with scalloped upper edges reserved in a narrow black ground. On the base within a scrolled frame is the inscription 'Liverpool/ Manchester/Railway transfer-printed in black


History note: Mr Hyam, 158 Brompton Road, London, SW, from whom purchased on June 6, 1911 for £5 with one other jug and three mugs by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.8 cm
Width: 19 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, second quarter#
William IV
Victoria I
Circa 1830 CE - 1840 CE


Attribution to Staffordshire is uncertain

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black)

Materials used in production

blue-tinted Lead-glaze
white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: inscribed within a roughly oval scrolled panel

  • Location: On side of the locomotive
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed very faintly in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: half of an octagonal label with a red line on five sides

  • Text: No 3405/Railway jug with/view of early railway/train (transfer printed/in sepia)/b. in London June 6 1911
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1135-1928
Primary reference Number: 71399
Old object number: 3405
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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