Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Plants

Date: 1851-1870

Dimensions:

  • Height: 9.25 in (23.495 cm)

Maker: Sampson Smith

Maker's Mark:

Embossed

Description:

A rare molded earthenware Toby mug printed in blue with a floral chintz-type pattern on the jacket and on the brim of the tri-corner hat.  The other surfaces on the remainder of the body were hand painted overglaze.  The original lid is missing from this example.  The figure holds a jug of ale.

Sampson Smith, Longton, produced a large number of Toby-shaped mugs, modeled after earlier versions of the seated Toby,  but nearly all that remain in the market today were completely hand-painted.  Few examples can be found on which the factory also transfer-printed patterns, suggesting that the printed and painted versions were produced in significantly smaller numbers.

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