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Railway Mug: C.1149-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Railway Mug


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Pale cream lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in brown, and painted overglaze in green and dark pink enamels. The cylindrical mug has a slightly concave base and an angular strap handle. The exterior is decorated at the top with a Gothic style border, below which is a railway-train travelling to the left through a landscape with hills, trees and bushes, a cottage, and a church with a spire. The locomotive, labelled 'JACO', is followed by a small open tender for the coal, two closed first-class passenger carriages, and a barouche and four occupants on an open truck. The back of the handle is decorated with a vertical row of beading reserved in a brown ground enclosed by an elongated oval line.


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

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.3 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Circa 1835 CE - 1840 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( brown) enamel ( green and dark pink)
Base Diameter 9.8 cm

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JACO
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1149-1928
Primary reference Number: 71415
Old object number: 3407
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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