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Speed, Strength and Truth United: C.738-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Speed, Strength and Truth United


Potter: Aynsley, John




Lead-glazed creamware transfer-printed in brown with the arms of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and painted in enamels.

Cream-coloured earthenware covered in a clear lead glaze, transfer-printed onglaze in brown and painted overglaze in pink, green, yellow, blue, black, pink and orange-red enamels. The cylindrical mug has a loop handle. Transfer-printed in front with the arms of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. In the centre is a knitting machine surrounded by a scroll border, which sprouts sprays of leaves and flowers at the corners, with the Company motto – ‘SPEED, STRENGTH AND TRUTH UNITED’ – on a ribbon below. To the left is a man in an academic cap and gown; he points to the knitting machine with his right hand. To the right is a woman in a dress and a bonnet; she points to the inscription with her left hand. The print is signed below the motto on the left ‘J Aynsley’ and on the right ‘Lane end’. The print is coloured with enamels.


History note: Provenance unidentified before sold by J. Stand and Sons, South Molton Street, London, on 6 May 1926 for £4.10 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Width: 11.5 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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1788 CE - Circa 1805 CE


John Aynsley (1752-1829) opened at pottery in Lane End, now Longton, around 1780 and is best known for the transfer-printed wares he produced from c.1788, which were often over-enamelled in bright colours. There are now 23 known wares decorated with prints signed by him.

The arms and motto on the mug are those of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, a London Livery Company which traces its origins to the invention of the first knitting machine by William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire in 1589.

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Components of the work


Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze
Transfer printing

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Front of mug
  • Method of creation: Transfer printed in brown
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: J Aynsley, Lane End
  • Location: Front of mug
  • Method of creation: Transfer printed in brown
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: stick-on white rectangular paper collectors label with blue border

  • Text: 4544 White Staffordshire mug painted in bright colours and a machine and a man in cap and gown on one side and a woman on the other signed ‘J Aynsley Lane end’ b in London May 6, 1925
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.738-1928
Primary reference Number: 75953
Old catalogue number: 4544
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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