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When this you see Remember me: C.734-1928

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Current Location: In storage


When this you see Remember me


Production: unidentified English pottery




Lead-glazed creamware transfer printed in black with verse inside floral border.

Cream-coloured earthenware covered in a clear lead glaze and transfer-printed onglaze in black with overglaze painting in black enamel. The cylindrical mug has a loop handle. Opposite the handle is a transfer printed verse: ‘When this you see Remember me / And keep me in your mind / Let all the World say what they will / Speak of me as you find’. The verse is framed by a rectangular floral border at the top of which is the bust of a winged figure, possibly representing Time, who points to the inscription. The rim is painted with black enamel.


History note: Provence unidentified before Mr Freeman, Cambridge, who sold for 10/- in March 1905 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.5 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1775 CE - Circa 1800 CE


This mug may have been intended as a keepsake or love token. The verse on the front of the jug is common on printed pottery produced across Staffordshire and Northern England. It is often paired with images of sea-faring to create tokens that sailors or travellers could give to their loved ones when they embarked on long voyages. The absence of any specific allusions to the sea on this mug means it could have served for any lovers parted by distance or time or simply looking for a token of their enduring love.

Components of the work

Rim composed of enamel ( black)

Materials used in production

black Ceramic printing colour
clear Lead-glaze
cream-coloured Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Transfer printing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: When this you see Remember me / And keep me in your mind / Let all the World say what they will / Speak of me as you find
  • Location: Front of mug
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed onglaze in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: octagonal stick-on paper label

  • Text: No2249 Wedgwood mug with transfer inscription b. at Cambridge March 1905
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.734-1928
Primary reference Number: 75949
Old catalogue number: 2249
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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