C1830 Staffordshire Child’s Sign-Language Mug

C1830 Staffordshire Child’s Sign-Language Mug


C1830 Staffordshire Child's Sign-Language Mug





Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Therapeutic & Functional Aids


A c1830 English  child’s mug with a blue and white transfer print showing hands demonstrating the letters of the alphabet. In a less enlightened age such mugs were referred to as “deaf and dumb mugs”. No evident cracks or hairlines. The transfer print is not perfect but they seldom are. Height: 2.5″ or 6.5cm. For similar examples see Noel Riley’s GIFTS FOR SMALL CHILDREN: THE HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S POTTERY 1790-1890, 1991: 124 and 125. 


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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974