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Coffee cup: C.464-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Red dry-bodied stoneware, thrown and turned, with mould-applied reliefs. The mug has a bell-shaped body with a low foot and an applied crabstock loop handle. The sides are decorated wtih two vine branches extending from either side of the handle, each with three leaves and a bunch of grapes on the end. The outlines of the moulds are clearly visible.


History note: A woman who had come from Staffordshire living at Buntingord, who sold it on 7 May 1913 to the Cambridge dealer, Mr Woolston; he sold it on 8 May for £1 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.8 cm
Width: 8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II or George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


When acquired by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher the mug was described as Elers ware, but it was thrown, and not slip-cast as the Elers brothers wares were, and probably dates from about 1760 when red dry-bodied stoneware came into fashion again. The lines running round the sprigs, indicate that the decoration was applied from stamps pressed onto the ware.

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Components of the work

Rim Diameter 5.5 cm
Foot And Rim

Materials used in production

Red dry-bodied stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red dry-bodied stoneware, thrown and turned, with mould-applied relief decoration

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square white paper label with red border line on right and left

  • Text: 3635/Red Elers ware/coffee cup/b. in Cambridge/May 8 1913
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.464-1928
Primary reference Number: 75193
Old object number: 3635
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 April 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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