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Catalog Number 2008.9.535
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is decorated with the initials "T.C.B" and the crest of the Buchanan family of Scotland. The cup is from a service that was made for Thomas and Catherine Buchanan. He worked for the East India Company, and was Superintendant of the detachment of Marines at Bombay, India. They married in 1811, and lived at Powis House, in Scotland.

A service with the same border was made for Catherine's mother, Baroness Abercromby, who was enobled in 1801 after the death of her husband, Sir Ralph Abercromby, who was killed at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801 during the British attempt to prevent Napoleon from taking Egypt.
Year Range from 1803
Year Range to 1807
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery