Also Called :
Late19th to Early 20th Century
Price Range :
Range: 2 7/8″—–3″ diameter x 2 3/8″—–2 5/8″ high
Range: 3.3 oz.—-4.2 oz.
Jane Wilson, Old Saybrook, CT-1968
Nancy Klein, Danbury, CT-1989
Description: These simple cups have been generally called “Custard Cups” over the years. However, Herbert Schiffer called them “Beakers-Mugs” and shows a pair of them on page 129 of his 1975 book. We prefer to call them custard cups as beakers are generally associated with laboratories and Canton mugs are straight sided. Custard cups are tapered, do not have handles, have straight line borders inside, are thin, delicate and translucent. The bottoms are glazed. The cups are of late 19th Century into the 20th Century manufacture. The decoration is poor. Besides the straight line borders, the tea houses are elementary and the usual early Canton trees have morphed into what Schiffer calls: “…giant ferns”.
The 8 shown are typical examples and they are rare. In the dimensions and weight sections we have just indicated average dimensions and weights. The 8 vary very little. The picture of two cups shows the height difference between the tallest and shortest.