Vintage Black on White Pitcher Creamware Transferware Pottery Captain John Williams "Old White Hat" Cutty Sark Clipper and Scotch Whisky
Description: This is a nice size glazed pottery (32 fluid ounce) pitcher possibly made in England. The piece has a classic antique shape of a milk pitchers and is decorated with a black transfer on white or cream colored background. The decoration depicts Captain John Willis who commanded the clipper Cutty Sark, in his usual white top hat, on one side and the clipper Cutty Sark on the other. The clipper is shown floating in water with a wreath below it and the date 1869, the year it was built. It also has the name "CUTTY SARK" under it. The image of captain Willis is surrounded by the words "Captain John Willis of the Cyutty Sark; "Old White Hat"." The front of the pitcher has the words Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky in an oval foliate frame. The piece has an applied handle and the handle has a black line on its back. It has a flat base and is bulbous shaped walls that straighten out towards the top ending in a plain rim with black border below it and having a spout. Please carefully view the photos presented as they are part and parcel of the description.
Historic Perspective: The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship. Built in 1869, she served as a merchant vessel (the last clipper to be built for that purpose), and then as a training ship until being put on public display in 1954. She is preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, London. Cutty Sark was destined for the tea trade, then an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London, with a substantial bonus to the ship to arrive with the first tea of the year. In the most famous race, against Thermopylae in 1872, both ships left Shanghai together on June 18, but two weeks later Cutty Sark lost her rudder after passing through the Sunda Strait, and arrived in London on October 18, a week after Thermopylae, a total passage of 122 days. Her legendary reputation is supported by the fact that her captain chose to continue this race with an improvised rudder instead of putting into port for a replacement, yet was beaten by only one week.
Date: Mid to late 1900's.
Origin: Uncertain but possibly England
Size: About 6 1/2" high, 3 3/4" in diameter at the base, 3 3/4" in diameter at the top, and is about 7 1/2" at its widest including the handle and spout. The piece weighs over 1 1/2 pounds.
Maker: TLH Marks: Impressed on the bottom the letters "TLH" and then the words "Imported By The Buckingham Corp. N.Y., N.Y. Distilled, Blended & Bottled in Scotland 86'.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice and substantial piece of commemorative and advertising pottery.
Condition: The pitcher is in excellent condition and has no cracks, chips, hairlines, crazing, or repairs. It does have some soiling on the foot around the edge of the base. Please see photos for additional condition information. In Closing: A very nice piece of pottery. Definitely a quality pitcher worthy of a prominent spot in your collection.