IMPORTANT PATRIOTIC CANARY MUG
Eagle and Shield (THE GREAT SEAL OF AMERICA). Staffordshire for the American market.
DATED 1812. Extremely rare, likely unique in its scale and imagery and boldness, this rich canary-creamware mug is beautifully hand-painted with a folk-art representation of the Great Seal of America. The eagle with shield on chest clutching arrows and olive branches with 13 stars arching above. Note how the artist emphasized the shield with blue and red, and the olive branches in green, perhaps not only symbolizing patriotism but also the yearning for peace. Made to satisfy the fervor of patriotism in Federal America during the War of 1812 by entrepreneurial-adversaries in England, yet with a telling twist: The reverse has the initials “J * H” within a stylized cartouche. The initials clearly communicate that this patriotic mug was not made just for “random” export to America, rather was made for a specific person, most likely by request or as a gift. Large at about 4 ½ inches tall x 4 ¼ diameter. Fine original condition. Long time New England collection. A remarkable and important survivor.