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Railway Mug: C.1151-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Railway Mug


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Pale cream earthenware transfer-printed underglaze in brown, and painted overglaze in green, yellow and pink enamels. The cylindrical mug has a recessed base and an angular strap handle. The exterior is decorated with 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 'EXPRESS', is followed by a small open truck for the driver and mate, two closed first class passenger carriages with luggage on top, and an empty barouche on an open carriage at the end. Inside the rim, and down the back of the handle there is a border of paired leaveds on a stem.


History note: Sotheby's, London, 12 March, 1909, lot 176; bought by Mr S. Fenton for 13s.0d. with 10 other items on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.3 cm
Width: 13.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 19th century
William IV
Victoria I
Circa 1835 CE - 1840 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow and pink) ceramic printing colour
Rim Diameter 10.4 cm

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Pale cream earthenware transfer-printed underglaze in brown, and painted overglaze in green, yellow and pink enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 3014./Railway mug/with a representa/tion in transfer (coloured) of an/early railway train/b. at Sotheby;s/March 12. 1909
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1151-1928
Primary reference Number: 71419
Old object number: 3014
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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