Staffordshire Pottery ‘Railway’ mug with early train print, ‘Express’, c. 1860
Staffordshire Pottery mug printed in black with a train titled ‘EXPRESS’, the early engine with three carriages, travelling through the countryside with house & church in the background, the black print boldly painted in red & yellow, the interior & handle with a geometric border.
hairlines to base
Recorded on the Transfer Collector’s Club #17878, in brown & on a larger mug with three more carriages – including a horse-carriage on a flatbed! Their example has the same border to the interior, and is coloured the same way, although in green & red rather than yellow & red as this example is.
It also bears a pattern name & maker’s initials – ‘Railway’ and ‘H & B’. This brings up two possibilities: Hampson & Broadhurst of Longton, 1847-1856, or Heath & Blackhurst of Burslem, 1859-1877.