Worcester ‘King of Prussia’ bell shape mug, c. 1757


Worcester mug, of bell shape, decorated with black prints by Hancock, including the portrait of Frederick the Great, titled King of Prussia and dated 1757, a trophy panel with military devices and three banners bearing the most famous of Frederick’s battles, signed lower left RH Worcester, with Holdship’s Anchor rebus,  and a large winged victory playing a double trumpet.

Unmarked, c. 1760


small half crack on upper handle junction interior


8.5cm high


These prints are documentary evidence of Robert Hancock's move to Worcester, from Bow. He was a freelance engraver, probably learning the trade at the pioneering Battersea enamel works, then experimenting with the technique at Bow, and perfecting it at Worcester. 1757 is the accepted date for the move to Worcester, and the King of Prussia mugs are of the same date or in the following years.

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