1887 Queen Victoria Jubilee Warwick Sunday School Reward Merit Mug
#AD121: Royal Reward of Merit SS English Pottery Mug Coffee can
An uncommon and original antique Queen Victoria 1897 Commemorative Jubilee mug or can which was presented as a reward of merit for good attendance at Sunday Schools in Warwick. It was made by the Mortlock Company.
The 1897 Jubilee celebration was celebrating Queen Victoria's 60 year reign. Queen Victoria 1819-1901 had her accession to the crown on 20 June 1837. Her 60 year Diamond Jubilee reign was celebrated throughout the world on 22 June 1897. She died in 1901, reigning 63 years, seven months and two days, thus ending the famous "Victorian era." Queen Victoria (her given name was Alexandrina Victoria) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and also Empress of India, adopted in 1876.'
Text printed on the mug in beautiful Victorian era script reads:
"Presented for Good Attendance at Sunday Schools, Warwick, S.W. Stanton, Mayor. Queen Victoria ascended the throne 1837 at the age of 18. God Save the Queen."
This rare old mug has a clean mark for Mortlock's Pottery, Oxford Street, London. The Mortlock China Company was actually founded on Oxford Street in 1746 by John Mortlock 1698-1758, originally from Sawston, Cambridgeshire, England. He was the GG grandfather and 18th c. ancestor of John George Mortlock 1835-1917, head of the company when this 1897 cup, mug or can was made. John George Mortlock died 20 years later, in 1917, and his children succeeded in managing the company until its closing in 1930.
Genealogy wise, we had a difficult time finding info on Mayor S.W. Stanton, or any Warwick listing for past mayors. We feel he may have been Stephen William Stanton 1837-1903, below:
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Stephen William Stanton:
England & Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
Event Type: Death
Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun
Registration Year: 1903
Registration District: Warwick
Age (available after 1866): 66
Birth Year (Estimated): 1837
Overall, an uncommon and beautiful antique Jubilee celebration mug for the Warwickshire Sunday Schools. It is printed in deep maroons, sepia and greens with a touch of gold gilding on the handle and a graphic armorial type pattern. A very attractive piece with beautiful old font work, it also bears a lovely image of Victoria and a facsimile of her famous autograph.
We believe these would have been made for the Sunday School in a small batch, and we could not find another in searches or reference books. Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views.
There is a tiny black pottery firing mark inside the mug, as seen in photo. Overall, it has a bit of a yellowish tinge to handle and rim that we feel was in the original porcelain firing and we see it as adding to the charm. No chips, cracks or repairs. This lovely old piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England. God save the Queen!
Size: 3.25 high x 3 inches diameter, 4 inches wide with handle
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