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Child's cup and saucer

Child's cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1912-1918 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transfer-printed and glazed porcelain

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Good Time Gallery, case 7, shelf 7 []

Physical description

Child's cup and saucer, of transfer printed and glazed white porcelain.

1. the cup, which has an indented base, is transfer printed with motifs of golden brown teddy bears playing sports: a roller-skating bear with two others behind him, and a soccer playing bear kicking a football away from two other bears in a goal mouth. The cup has a bracketed ring handle, and a gold line around the edge, the base, and the handle.

2. the saucer, which has an indented base, is transfer printed with motifs of golden brown teddy bears playing sports: a newly bowled-out cricketer looking down at his bat, with his stumps fallen behind him as a bear who is fielding runs to catch the ball; a golfing bear raising his club to hit a ball, with another holding his bag of clubs in the background; and a roller-skating bear with two others behind him. The saucer has a curved and uptilted rim decorated with a gold line around the outer edge.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


1912-1918 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Transfer-printed and glazed porcelain

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 6.4 cm, Width: 5.9 cm, Length: 12.5 cm

Object history note

References: See also B 267 (1,2), 268-1997, part of same set
See also Misc.314 & A-1978 by J & G Meakin of Hanley, the cup of which has the roller-skating teddy motif found on B.269-1997

The donor found the pieces (B267/269-1997) when clearing a house belonging to distant relatives. She suggests that they are likely to have belonged to Albert Sedgwick, who was born in about 1904.
What is certain is that the addition of 'ENGLAND' to Aynsleys' mark dates the pieces from 1891 or later.

Descriptive line

Child's Cup and Saucer; English, 1912-18

Production Note

Made by: John Aynsley & Sons Ltd
Portland Works, Longton, Staffordshire


Museum of Childhood

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