A Pre-Imperial pint straight-sided mug
Lot 169
A pre-Imperial pint straight-sided mug
Sold for £225 (US$ 378) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A pre-Imperial pint straight-sided mug
Crowned WR mark to collar, body engraved J King, Blacksmith arms, Eastsmith, handle with upper escutcheon reinforcement and lower flush-attachment, unrecorded touchmark to base 'Cath Stair..', height 11cm; a pre-Imperial pint straight-sided mug, touchmark in base of WS, crowned WR to collar, engraved Chs Eaton, Adam & Eve Pancrafs, handle with upper escutcheon reinforcement and lower flush terminal, height 11cm; and a half-pint straight-sided mug, circa 1750, the plain body engraved Ph. Phillimore at y Britannia Waltham Green, worn crown mark to collar, single-curve handle with upper escutcheon reinforcement and flush terminal, height 9cm (3)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Cath Stair mug, Ronald F. Michaelis Collection. Purchased from Richard Mundey, 1974.

    The Sporting Magazine or Monthly Calendar for December 1801, reporting a trial at Clerkenwell, noted that 'a Notorious Swindler...had gone to the house of Mr King, at the Blacksmith's Arms, Lower East Smithfield', possibly the Mr King who used this mug.

    The Blacksmith's Arms was the meeting place in 1795 for the Masonic Oak Lodge (190).

    A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and other Stage Personnel in London, 1660 - 1800, Vol. 5 (1978), p. 2, notes that 'In 1786, Charles Eaton was the proprietor of the Adam and Eve Tavern, near the west end of St. Pancras Church, when he advertised the attractions of his gardens and pleasure grounds.' The same establishment was also known as the 'Adam & Eve Tea Garden'.
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