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Railway Basin: C.1150-1928

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Railway Basin


Production: Baggerley & Ball (Possibly)




White earthenware, thrown, transfer-printed in brown underglaze, and painted overglaze in green and dark pink enamels. The cylindrical bowl has sloping sides, and stands on a low foot which is concave underneath. The exterior is decorated with a railway-train travelling to the left through a landscape with hills, trees, two cottages and a church with a spire. The six-wheeled locomotive, labelled 'MAIL', is followed by a small coal tender, three closed, four-wheeled first class carriages with luggage on their roofs, and an unoccupied brougham on an open truck. The two ends of the transfer do not meet accurately. Inside the upper edge there is a geometrical pattern with pendant tassel-like motifs. On the base are the initials of the manufacturer, 'B & B', with above a scroll printed with the pattern name, 'RAILWAY'.


History note: Mr. Bateman, Gloucester Green,Oxford from whom purchased on March 26, 1915 for £1.10 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lane End ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, third quarter#
William IV
Production date: circa AD 1835


B. & B. may stand for Baggerley & Ball of High Street, Lane End, Longton recorded 1828-35

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( brown) enamel ( green and dark pink)
Rim Diameter 13.8 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MAIL
  • Location: On locomotive
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: B & B with above a curving scroll inscribed RAILWAY
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Factory mark incorporating pattern name

Inscription present: octagonal white paper stick-on label partly edged in dark blue

  • Text: 4583/small Staffordshire/bowl having a/representation of an/early railway/train on the outside/b. at Oxford/March 26 1915
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1150-1928
Primary reference Number: 71418
Old object number: 4403
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 March 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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