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Mugs144 of 180"RICH MERCHANT" Toby Mug made by Staffordshire-- Shorter & Son LTD.Vintage Cape Cod Pottery Sea Captain's pitcher
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Posted 3 years ago


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Throughout the 1950s, 60s & 70s this mug sat on the mantlepiece of my parent's bedroom holding a few coins. I have always loved it, with it's little brown mouse in bonnet and shawl and rich chocolate coloured handles. Now I have it. I cannot decipher the marks on the base. Has anyone seen anything similar or know anything about it? Thanks Jan j

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    This reminds me of English Torquay Ware a generic name for the many potteries in South Devon that made red earthenware pots. These wares are" usually quite small - with slip decoration in the form of a picture. 'Motto ware' forms the bulk of what we recognize as Torquay."

    I note that the stamp includes a faint Great Britain and there are three English 'lions Rampants'.

    I'm not certain but does it say above the lions Charles Collard?
    Or is it Crown Dorset?
  2. bratjdd bratjdd, 3 years ago
    Cute! I love it especially the handles they look like mouse ears.
  3. Totties-Flat, 3 years ago
    Thank you very much for your information and link to the torquay pottery site vetraio50. It was an absolute delight to view the photos on their website. I have sent torquaypottery an email with photos so look forward to a reply. I am not sure if it says Charles Collard as it is not a very good impression. Yes bratjdd, it is cute. I had never thought about the handles looking like mouse ears but now you come to mention it...
  4. stefdesign stefdesign, 3 years ago
    Love it! The mouse artwork is enchanting!

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