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  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clews, James and Ralph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze black

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 7

Physical description

Mug of cream-coloured earthenware, transfer-printed in black with an engraving of 'The Farmers Arms' with verses. Cylindrical in shape with angular handle. Above and below are ribbons are inscribed 'ALL OUR TRUST IN GOD' and 'INDUSTRY PRODUCETH WEALTH'. Round both sides of the rim is a leaf border. The 'arms' consist of a shield engraved with agricultural emblems and supported on one side by a labourer holding a scythe, and on the other by a dairy-maid with a churn.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (probably, made)


ca. 1840 (made)


Clews, James and Ralph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze black

Marks and inscriptions

'J. & R C' [within a beaded oval]
Printed in black to base. Registered description suggests that this may be the mark of Ralph and James Clews. [Unconfirmed]

'May the Mighty and Great, / Roll in Splendour and State, / I envy them not I declare it; / I eat my own Lamb, / My Chicken and Ham, / I shear my own Sheep and I wear it; / So you jolly Boys now, / Heres God speed the Plough, / Long life and content to the Farmer'

Inscribed above the ribbon

Inscribed below the ribbon


Height: 13.3 cm, Diameter: 8.6 cm

Descriptive line

Mug of cream-coloured earthenware transfer-printed in underglaze black, possibly Ralph and James Clews, Staffordshire, ca. 1840.

Production Note

see note on Marks




Transfer-printed; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Farmer; Scythe; Churn; Milkmaid; Poem


Ceramics; Earthenware

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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