Mug with cylindrical shape with crossed handles and leaf-and-berry terminals; decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, with bands, scallops, and dots at the rim bordered by a meandering chain and floral sprays, the inscription Saturday Night above the central scene of a ship flying pennants and two American flags, husk chain at the base.
Few mugs bearing this inscription are documented. Although cylindrical mugs with a similar border design date as early as c. 1780, the one shown here probably was made a decade later.
The source of the inscription is the customary Saturday evening seamen's toast made aboard ship to the women left at home. Staffordshire creamware mugs are known with the legend Saturday Night Sweethearts and Wives framing a transfer print depicting four sailors gathered around a table and hoisting their cups in a toast.
|Year Range from||1790|
|Year Range to||1800|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|