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Railway Mug: C.776-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Railway Mug


Production: William Cooper & Co.




White lead-glazed earthenware transfer-printed underglaze in brown, and painted overglaze in green and dark pink enamels. The cylindrical mug has a recessed base, and an ear-shaped handle with a slightly projecting thumbpiece at the top, and another porjection lower down. The exterior is decorated with a railway-train going to the right through a landscape with hills, trees, a farmouse, a country house and a church with a spire. The engine is labelled NERO and is followed by a coal truck on which ride the driver and his mate, two closed passenger carriages with luggage on the roof, a brougham with two persons on the box on an open truck, and a guard's van with a Staffordshire Knot on the side. Inside the upper part there is a broad brown scale border with pendant stylized leaves, and down the back of the handle is a vertical brown Gothic style border. The base is printed in brown with the maker's initials, 'W.C. & Co' with above on a wavy ribbon, the pattern name, 'RAILWAY'.


History note: Bought at Plymouth by Mrs W.D. Dickson of Bournemouth, who gave it in 1926 as part of a Christmas present to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.3 cm
Width: 13 cm

Relative size of this object

13 cm10.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Longton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1850 CE - 18 CE


The North Staffordshire Railway was opened in late 1849.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( brown) enamel ( green and dark pink)
Base Diameter 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: NERO
  • Location: On outside
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: W.C. & Co with above a ribbon inscribed 'RAILWAY'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Factory mark incorporating pattern name

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.776-1928
Primary reference Number: 76038
Old object number: 4790
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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