1903 Thomas James Edmund Barrett Baby Mug, Louisa Wakely Royal Doulton
#AD114 Royal Doulton Christening Mug:
A beautiful dated stoneware English art pottery Christening mug personally made by Royal Doulton for a very well loved baby named "Thomas James Edmund Barrett" born May 26, 1903 in the Edwardian era. It is signed and dated "LW" by well known and prolific Doulton artist Louisa Wakely. It is also as inscribed on the bottom "Born May 26, 1903" and clearly clay stamped with the Royal Doulton mark or backstamp, which was used after 1902.
Louisa Wakely was at Doulton as early as 1876 when the production of pottery as an art form was just taking hold. By 1882 she was a senior assistant, known to have worked worked with Doulton fellow artist Eliza Simmance.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Thomas James Edmund Barrett 1903–1957 born at Lambeth, Surrey, England and died at Batholomews Hospital, Smithfield, London. He was christened in 1903 at Stockwell Green, Surrey, England. His parents were Thomas James Barrett 1868–1951 and Ethel Brooker Barrett, who was born in 1877. His two wives were Ruth Edna May Davies Barrett 1904–1981 and Holly Gladys Taylor Barrett 1902–1974, whom he married in 1953. We do not see any evidence of children in census records. Any help or correction appreciated, email Debra here.
A beautiful and artistic piece, almost 120 years old. Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. Beautiful condition, no repairs, cracks or chips. The yellowing inside the mug is under the glaze and made in the firing process in the pottery works. This beautiful piece was found in London, England. Beautiful, rare and one of a kind, in fact, probably the only one!
Size: 3.5 inches high, 2.5 inches diameter graduated top, 4 inches wide w/ handle
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