Posted 3 years ago
I am thinking that they are 1870s. They're not quite flow blue, but they are a richly coloured transferware modeling the popular mid-1800s scenic patterns. I'd suggest these are themed after the Middle East, based off the architecture of the structures (and the stereotypical camel). On the saucer is what looks like an incised AH and a 1. AB written in blue (almost imperceptible) and a 2 F is incised on the handled cup. I'm not familiar with who made them, but I think that the (should be?) matching AH or AB might be a clue.
I was really only looking for a brown transferware tea-pot to match my existing set I use (pitcher, cup, saucer, plate), but upon seeing these I couldn't pass them up at the price (I have a few blue pitchers and plates to pair with them, but still no tea-pot).
It was refreshing to find they aren't 1950s knock-offs of 'blue willow'-- that's what I normally see when blue transferware greets my gaze. I was never sure why that pattern dominated the last 200 years, because I don't think it's all that well-designed. Now, though, Asian manufacturers are putting out reproductions of other popular 19th-century patterns, but they are usually really bad 'flow blue' and are marked. Thus, I think these are of decent age.