Saturday, August 2, 2014

TRANSFER PRINTED IMPERIAL MEASURES

Nineteenth Century British Imperial Measures
The British Weights and Measures Act of 1824 standardized measuring quantities. The system of imperial units or the imperial system is also known as the British Imperial or Imperial Measure.  Happily for lovers of blue and white,  many mugs and jugs that conformed to these new standards were transfer printed.  According to The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, Volume II by Coysh and Henrywood, they are usually marked with the words Imperial Measure and often include the Royal coat of arms.

Imperial Measure mug, 6 inches high by 4.25 inches in diameter/No printing on the sides/holds a quart of liquid
1 Quart Imperial Measure mug, 6.25 inches high by 4.12 inches in diameter
 1 Quart mug with a romantic scene on the side/it is the same on the other side

Imperial Measure quart jug, 6 inches high by 3.5 inches in diameter with the initial V R for Victoria Regina/The view is Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland

Side of Imperial Measure quart jug, Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland jug

Side of Imperial Measure quart jug, Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland jug
Imperial Measure pint mug 4.75 inches high by 3.5 inches in diameter /The view is Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland/This is an earlier version of this pattern (no VR for Victoria Regina)

Side of Imperial Measure pint mug, Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland jug

Side of Imperial Measure pint mug, Bear Forest, Cork, Ireland jug
Bovey Tracey Potteries (1842-1957)/The Gem pint mug/notice the absence of the Royal Coat of Arms/The mug illustrates three of the season/here, summer

Bovey Tracey Potteries (1842-1957)// The Gem pint mug/notice the absence of the Royal Coat of Arms/The mug illustrates three of the season/here, spring (Notice the Maypole)

Bovey Tracey Potteries (1842-1957)// The Gem pint mug/notice the absence of the Royal Coat of Arms/The mug illustrates three of the season/here, autumn
Britain is mainly on the metric system now, but not in pubs.  You can still buy a pint (or two)!  Probably not in a transfer printed mug.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting collection! Your blog is such a valuable education.

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