This is an orphaned coffee can made by Coalport around 1805 with the iconic "Dollar" pattern. This would make a perfect Father's Day gift!


Coalport was one of the leading potters in 19th and 20th Century Staffordshire. They worked alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport and Minton, and came out with many innovative designs. Many of their items are now collectors' items and this particular pattern is very famous and desired because of its great beauty.


The cup would have had a wider companion teacup and a saucer, as was custom at that time, but sadly they got separated - however the can by itself is still wonderful. In the early 19th Century a "trio" consisted of a teacup, coffee can and saucer - you would never drink your tea and coffee at the same moment, so why invest in a separate saucer?


The cup is made of finely potted and very white bone china. The handle is typical for Coalport, with a single slight kink near the bottom. The pattern on this can is called "Dollar" pattern, a very famous pattern that was used by English potters in the 18th and early 19th Century. It is obvious why it is called “dollar” - but its origin is less obvious! It is thought that this pattern was derived from a very old Chinese pattern depicting a tree with elaborate foliage that hides a Chinese character representing longevity or happiness. Traditionally, this went with a an image called “Taotie”, which was used on very ancient bronze vases from about 1,000 B.C. This consisted of a mask, which in itself consisted of two dragons facing each other. This image was thought to be used to avert evil. These Chinese patterns came to the West on Chinese export porcelain, and when English painters started to copy the patterns, they just looked at their decorative quality and started copying them without a clue what they meant. So the Longevity tree became a three-dimensional serpent-like shape, and the Taotie became a nice rose with two leaves next to it (the rose being the mouth of the mask, and the leaves the eyes). So an ancient Chinese pattern was copied by English painters and then called “dollar pattern” by Americans - and violà, here we have a beautiful example of globalisation!


This cup would make a very special gift to an antiques lover, particularly given its famous pattern, and it is still in usable condition.


CONDITION REPORT the coffee can is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or significant wear, other than a little bit of rubbing to the gilt on the rim and the handle, as can be expected from a can this age.


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.


There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS The can stands 6.5cm (2 5/8") high and is 6.5cm (2 5/8") in diameter.


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Coalport orphaned coffee can with Dollar pattern, ca 1805

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