‘WASHINGTON’ AND ‘THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES,’ RARE STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED CHILDREN’S MUG, UNKNOWN MAKER, CIRCA 1825.Est. $1,200-$1,800
Sold: $5,640 ($4,700)
Printed on the front with a bust portrait of George Washington titled “WASHINGTON,” and on either side with a version of the Great Seal of the United States, bearing an “E. PLURIBUS UNUM” banner and beneath an arc of seventeen stars. Height 2 ⅝ inches.
Provenance: William & Teresa Kurau Antiques, Lampeter, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2013; “The Goldberg & Brown Collection of Historical Blue Staffordshire,” (N. 157), Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania, October 10, 2013, lot 580.
Literature: An identical children’s mug, but printed with a portrait of “ADAMS,” is discussed and illustrated in David & Linda Arman, “Anglo-American Ceramics,” Part I, p. 60, A.2. The authors note that it is “previously unrecorded, extremely rare and probably Enoch Wood and Sons.” An illustration of the Great Seal is on p. 91, E.9.