H70.142.37A

3.5 in HIGH
(8.89 cm HIGH)
Gift of Joan Pearson Watkins
H70.142.37A


White porcelain cups. Description: Handle-less ironstone. From the History Information Station: Object: Ironstone cup, without a handle. Ironstone is a very hard, nonporous white clay, often called semi-porcelain because it is smooth and white and shiny, like expensive porcelain, but it is also tough and durable and cheap. Potteries all over the U.S. and Europe have produced quantities of ironstone since the early 19th century. You probably have some ironstone dishes yourself. History: Handleless cups were used for coffee and tea in the 19th century. They were, essentially, big versions of the little handleless Asian teacups which were imported to the U.S. from China and Japan.

Used: teacup

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