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The Mayers of Longport – Relief-Moulded Jugs Design Numbers

Dick Henrywood

T.J. & J. Mayer of Longport produced a number of relief-moulded jugs from 1845 through to the mid-1850s. At least ten different designs are known and although the Mayers do not seem to have titled any of their jugs, they did use a numbering system which covered most of them. The numbers appear as part of the marks and indicate not only the main design but also variations in colouring. Those recorded to date include:

Number Design Colour
14 Oak Plain blue
16 Apostle Plain white; Plain blue
29 Birdsnesting Plain white
34 Cherubs White with coloured moulding
35 Cherubs Blue ground
Not known Cherubs Olive ground (teapot)
Not known Cherubs Blue ground (spill vase)
37 Birdsnesting Blue ground
38 Birdsnesting Brown ground
42 Convolvulus White with multicolour moulding
45 Convolvulus White with turquoise and blue moulding
47 Convolvulus White with blue moulding
50 Convolvulus Brown ground
53 Convolvulus Blue ground, turquoise detailing
56 Birdsnesting Dark brown ground
58 Birdsnesting Green ground
73 Cherubs 2 Dark pink ground (covered bowl)
76 Cherubs Pink ground (spill vase)
86 Birdsnesting Dark pink ground
96 Paul and Virginia Plain white
97 Paul and Virginia Blue ground
98 Paul and Virginia Dark pink ground
99 Paul and Virginia Green ground
101 Paul and Virginia Turquoise ground
102 Paul and Virginia Brown ground
116 Grapevine Blue ground (note: dessert wares, not a jug)
188 Foliage Plain white
No number Apostle Plain blue
No number Rossi Plain green, or blue ground to neck
No number Stag  
     

Designs by name:

Apostle
Registered 29 September 1846
Numbers: 16

 

Birdsnesting
Registered 2 July 1850
Numbers: 29, 37, 38, 56, 58, 86

 

Cherubs
Numbers: 34, 35, 76
(teapot and blue spill vase not numbered)

 

 

   

 

Cherubs 2
Numbers: 73


Convolvulus
Numbers: 42, 45, 47, 50, 53

 

Foliage
Numbers: 188
   
Grapevine
Numbers: 116
   
Oak
Numbers: 14
   
Paul and Virginia
Registered 2 July 1850
Numbers: 96-99, 101, 102
 

Rossi
Registered 21 January 1845
Not numbered
There are two variants of this design with different moulding around the neck and different handles.

 
Stag
Not numbered
     

Example marks:

Early printed mark Royal arms mark Prize Medal Mark Early moulded model/size mark Later moulded model/size mark

 

With thanks to everyone who has contributed information, and particularly for images included above:

Lorna Batchelor, Ros King, Guy Loveday, Jim McAuliffe, Stephen McMaster, Philip Mernick, Patrick Rowe, Chris Stoker, Wendy Wallace Johnson; Messrs. Dreweatt Neate.

Page created 27 July 2020. Last updated 19 November 2020.

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