The mug was produced for a London retailer during the 1930s. Many other items within this range were produced including Masonic jugs, plates, bowls and frog mugs. Many of these pieces were frequently unmarked, as requested by the retailer! Many, however, were produced bearing the Maling Castle mark which was used during the period. The transfers were taken from the original 19th century copper plate which was in Maling’s possession.
To the untrained eye, this mug looks to be a typical 19th century piece. However, the lustre application is not typical with that of an earlier piece, the colour is also “wrong”. The handle is shaped and moulded to the body as opposed to being applied seperately. The shape and size of the mug does look typical of an earlier piece.