- Pattern: Steam Coach by Gurney, 1827
- Made in Staffordshire, England by Wade
- Vintage: 1960's
- Details: This is a very nice collectible print series from Wade and a great piece of history. It is made by Wade Ceramics and shows a transfer print (unknown artist) of a Steam Coach manufactured by Goldsworthy Gurney in 1827. As the name implies, it is a steam coach loaded with people traveling on a dirt road. Lots of activity, lots of colors, very nice print. The design is only on one side. The mug is stamped on the bottom: "Wade England". This shape of shaving mug is actually called a "scuttle" which are some of the earliest shaving mugs made. The hot water is placed in the reservoir where the brush can be dipped; the soap is held on a bowl near the handle. It is not bright white, but rather a cream color ceramic and it has a lovely patina of age in the crazing, shows that it's been well loved over the years. This makes for great bathroom decor, or for collectors of shaving memorabilia, as barber shop decor, as a gift for a gentleman host, and definitely a great gift for your favorite barber!! We also have the Steam Roller by Aveling.
- Material: Ceramic
- Dimensions: Slightly over 3.5 inches Tall, 7.75 inches Wide (including the spout and handle) and the "bowl" is 4 inches in Diameter.
- Condition: Vintage - Used. Excellent Condition. There are not scratches, chips or any other damage on this piece, however, there is lots of crazing which is expected with age and some dark lines on the bottom of the piece we were not able to get out. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Goldsworthy Gurney was born in Cornwall, England on February 14, 1793. He was a surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder, gentleman scientist, inventor. He was a prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor of the Victorian era. From 1825 to 1829, Gurney designed and built a number of steam-powered road vehicles which were intended to commercialize a steam road transport business, the Gurney Steam Carriage Company. Gurney was the first person to successfully operate steam carriages on common roads, and he took out patents for his invention in 1825 and 1826–27. In the end, the steam carriage was not a commercial success, even though one managed to make a trip from London to Bath and back, at an average speed of 14 miles per hour, (the trip took 2 months, today you can make the trip in about 2 hours by car), but people feared riding on top of these steam boiler engines. Goldsworthy Gurney died February 28, 1875 at 82 years of age.
Wade Ceramics was established in 1867 in Burslem, England. It originally comprised several different companies founded by various members of the Wade family, and was only finally united as Wade Potteries Limited in 1958. They were manufacturers of porcelain and earthenware, headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Its products included animal figures for its Collectors Club, whisky flagons, and a variety of industrial ceramics. Wade has produced licensed pieces based on TV shows, comic books, and Disney films. In 1986, Sir George Wade died at the age of 94, soon after, in 1987 his son George Anthony Wade also died. In 1998 the Wade potteries were taken over by Beauford Plc and renamed Wade Ceramics Ltd. In 1999 Beauford Plc factories became a wholly owned subsidiary of Wade Allied Holdings Ltd. The last Wade factory in Burslem was closed in 2010, and sold for a housing development.