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Catalog Number 2008.9.547
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is unusual in that it is decorated not with the arms of an individual, but with the arms of a town. The arms are of the borough of Newbury, in the county of Berskhire in Southwest England. In the words of a nineteenth century historian, "In September 1815 the Corporation were presented by Captain Charles Barnard of the H.E.I.C ship Wexford with an elegant set of porcelain, purposely manufactured in Canton." The service consisted of 109 pieces.

Ironically, the castle that is depicted on the city arms probably never existed- there is a record of a Newbury Castle during the reign of King Stephen in 1153, but the castle probably stood outside of town.
Year Range from 1810
Year Range to 1815
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of H.F. Lenfest and Beverly M. DuBose III
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery
Gallery ID Number 2520