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Railway Mug: C.1152-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Railway Mug


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in brown, and painted overglaze in green and yellow enamels. Cylindrical with a slightly projecting incurved base, and ear-shaped reeded strap handle. The exterior is decorated with a railway train travelling to the left through a landscape with hills, trees, a cottage, and a church with a spire. The locomotive, labelled 'DEAKIN', is followed by a small open truck for the coal, two first class closed passenger coaches, and four persons in a barouche on an open truck. On the base, printed in blue, there is a small cinquefoil.


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

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 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 1835 CE - 1845 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green and yellow) ceramic printing colour

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: cinquefoil
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: DEAKIN
  • Location: On locomotive
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1152-1928
Primary reference Number: 71423
Old object number: 3409
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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