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Hunting Mug: C.1203-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Hunting Mug


Production: Factory B




Brown salt-glazed stoneware hunting mug with applied reliefs, incised iname and date

Grey stoneware, thrown and turned with freckled brown dip on the upper part and handle, moulded applied reliefs, and incised name and date. The cylindrical tankard has two bands of redding above the base, and a strap handle with a central vertical depression and a pushed in kick on its lower end. The upper part of the sides is decorated with a large rectangular Punch Party with two columns at left and right, and a scrolled border across the top. On each side of it are a tree and bushes, a group of buildings (different) and a tree and bushes. Round the lower part there is an anti-clockwise hunt: a mounted huntsmen, a couple of hounds, three hounds, another couple of hounds and a stag. The date '1744' is incised above the Punch Party, and the name 'Toms: Osminton' on the left below the trees and buildings.


History note: London Opinion Curio Club, Regent Street, London, where bought for £2.10s. on 9 December 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.7 cm
Width: 19.2 cm

Relative size of this object

19.2 cm20.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


London hunting mugs can be divided into three groups, A, B, and C, by the details of their decoration. Type A has been shown by archaeology to have been made at Vauxhall. The names and places on the other two groups suggest that they were made in London rather than Bristol, but their attribution is uncertain. Type B mugs, which have an anti-clockwise hunt bear dates between 1726 and 1791. It has been suggested that they could have been made at the Norfolk House pottery at Lambeth.

The Punch Part scene was probably inspired by Hogarth's print of A Midnight Modern Conversation, of 1733, but does not replicate it.

Components of the work

Upper Part composed of dip ( brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 14 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Toms: Osminton
  • Location: On exterior to left on punch party relief
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 1744
  • Location: Above punch part relief at centre front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with blue line edging and trefoils in top corners

  • Text: No 3649/Large Fulham/stoneware/mug inscribed/Toms Osminton/and with date/1744/b. in London/December 9.1908
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1203-1928
Primary reference Number: 71551
Old object number: 3049
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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