Tea cup and saucer ; 1925; 74/377/1


Te Manawa


Tea cup and saucer

About this object

"Souvenir cup and saucer of the Dunedin Exhibition, 1925 to 1926. On the inside of the cup is transfer printed suits of cards in their respective colours, plus the words ""The cup of knowledge"" in italics.

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

Earthenware, transfer print

Inscription and Marks

On the cup a china mark reads "Bridgwood, picture of anchor, England". On the saucer centre reads ""Souvenir Dunedin Exhibition 1925 26 New Zealand" in italics.


"Cup: 55 mm high , Rim: 92 mm diameter
Saucer: 142 mm diameter"

Subject and Association Description

"The cup and saucer were purchased at a Gala Day held at Carncot School Palmerston North.

The New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition was a 'World's fair' held in Dunedin, Logan Park and celebrated our country and the South Seas.

'The Cup of Knowledge' is a novelty piece that could be used for fortune-telling, combining the fortune-telling arts of reading tea-leaves with that of reading cards.

This set was made by Sampson Bridgewood and Son, Anchor Pottery, Longton, Staffordshire,established in 1805."

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

Credit Line

Purchased, 1974

Object Type

Cup and saucer/Food Service T&E/Food T&E/Tools & Equipment for Materials/Nomenclature

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Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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