- Pattern: "Steam Roller" by Aveling, 1893
- 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 Roller" manufactured by Aveling and Porter in 1893. As the name implies, it is a steam roller flattening a dirt road with a couple of people looking on. The design is only on one side. It is a very nice print, but we were unable to find the artist. It is embossed on the bottom: "Made in 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 Coach by Gurney.
- Material: Ceramic
- Dimensions: 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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Aveling and Porter, Ltd was a British agricultural engine and steamroller (road roller) manufacturer of Rochester, Kent . Thomas Aveling and Richard Thomas Porter entered into partnership in 1862, and developed a steam engine three years later in 1865. Even though there were earlier steamroller models manufactured by Louis Lemoine in France in 1860 and in Britain in 1863 by William Clark, Aveling & Porter was the first to successfully sell the product commercially. In 1867 the steam road roller was patented and within a year, they were being exported around the world to places like France, India and the United States. Subsequently Aveling & Porter became the largest manufacturer of steamrollers in the world.
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.