Mug

Description
This creamware mug is decorated with a transfer print of Commodore Oliver H. Perry. The print depicts him is his full naval uniform facing right with the text “O. H. Perry, Esq.” over his head. Under Perry is a scroll that reads “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”
This mug is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the mug to tell us who made it, but it is characteristic of wares made in large volume for the American market in both Staffordshire and Liverpool between 1790 and 1820. Pitchers of this shape, with a cream colored glaze over a pale earthenware clay, known as Liverpool type, were the most common vessels to feature transfer prints with subjects commemorating events and significant figures in the early decades of United States’ history. Notwithstanding the tense relationship between Britain and America, Liverpool and Staffordshire printers and potters seized the commercial opportunity offered them in the production of transfer printed earthenwares celebrating the heroes, the military victories, and the virtues of the young republic, and frequently all of these things at once.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mug
Physical Description
monochrome, red (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 5 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 13.97 cm
overall: 5 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 4 3/8 in; 14.605 cm x 14.605 cm x 11.1125 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.138
catalog number
63.138
accession number
248619
collector/donor number
48-376
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Military
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
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McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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