Teacup; F.83.016

Name/Title

Teacup

About this object

Heavy, white ceramic New Zealand Railways teacup with blue NZR logo.

Medium and Materials

Ceramic, glaze

Inscription and Marks

blue NZR and crown logo [on side], green NZG Crown Lynn New Zealand Verfied [on bottom]

Measurements

85 mm diameter, 79 mm height

Object Type

Domestic

Object number

F.83.016

Copyright Licence  

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Jeremy Ashford 11 Sep 2016 08:09 AM,UTC

The Crown Lynn Railway cups with this NZR and Kings Crown logo were made over perhaps as many five decades. The earliest, from soon after WWII, had the monogram in black, and from 1955 or later same monogram but in blue predominated. On the many examples I have seen so far the black monogram is adjacent to the handle (visible to the right handed drinker) while the blue monogram opposes the handle. On this example it appears to me from your photo that the monogram is positioned neither adjacent nor opposite the handle but at an angle of approximately 135 degrees. This prompts me to ask what backstamp it has, one of the 1948-55 marks which have words "Crown Lynn vitrified" only, the 1955-64 backstamp which has those words but also has a Crown and a star, or something else entirely? (The 48-55 mark is sometimes contained in a plain or scrolled box. Either of the '48-55 or '55-64 marks might also have "NZG" for NZ Government.)

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