Derby


 Bute cups were made in Derby from the 1780s. They usually have a painted puce or red crown mark, often with the pattern number underneath. There are four styles: teabowls with no handle; cups with narrow or wide simple loop handles, or squashed ring handles; and  breakfast cups with loop handles with a dent. More beautiful examples can be seen on Derek Thomas' Derby Patterns website

 Bute cups made by Derby are also found either without marks or with other marks like the crossed arrows. These pieces usually have a small fault like a chip or a crack under the glaze. They are thought to have been decorated and refired outside the Derby works.
Examples
Teabowls with no handle
Derby also made faceted, Hamilton flute shaped teabowls without handles (example in British ceramic gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum).

Derby teabowl with no handle and fine inclined reeding. Puce mark and pattern 129 on the base. Number 9 or 6 also impressed near bevelled side of base recess.  Neat potting in creamy body with slightly straw transparency. (aj107, h54, w76.5, b36.8 )
Derby teabowl with no handle with puce mark and pattern 386 on the base.  (a038, h61, w77.5, b36)
Simple Loop handles with pointed top attachment
This maker marked wares with a handpainted crown mark in Puce on earlier cups  and in red on later ones.  Normal sized bute cups  have a simple loop handle with pointed attachments in two shapes,  type 1 wide (over 10mm at top, see left), and  type 2 thinner (~8mm at top, see right). Some bute cups also had a 7-shaped handle (see Victoria and Albert Museum C308-1922). 

Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle. Base marked with: crown, crossed batons, D and 544 in puce, and impressed O near rim.  (aj093, h62, w78, b36.8 handle: h14.7, v35.4, w11, 6.8)
Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle with V-shaped top and bottom attachments. Base marked with: crown, crossed batons, D and 72 in puce.  (a089 )
Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle, the body of the cup impressed with reeding. Base marked  in puce with crown, crossed batons, D and 129, and 4 near rim. Also impressed 4 near rim.  (aj261, h57.4, w80.8, b37.3 handle: h14.8, v33.1, w10.5, 6.2)
Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle. Base marked  in puce with crown, crossed batons, D and 386.  (a098 )
Derby reeded coffee can with a simple,  type 1 wide "loop" handle. Base  marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 411 in puce, and N inside rim.  (aj481, h62.7, w67.3, b56 (64.7) handle: h15.1 (20), v34.1, w9.9, 6.8 t4.3)
Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle with v-shaped attachments. Base very shallow, marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 431 in puce, and impressed 37 near rim. Saucer has puce 6 on inside of footrim. (aj242, h63.9, w77.1, b36.8 (39.4) handle: h14.6, v35.6, w10.3, 6.6 t4.3)
Derby cup with a simple, wide, type 1 "loop" handle with v-shaped attachments. Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 552 in puce. (a093)
Derby cup with a simple, narrow, type 2 "loop" handle with v-shaped attachments. Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 600 in puce. (a086)
Derby cup with a simple, narrow type 2 "loop" handle. Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 690 in red. (aj181, h61.2, w78, b34.5 handle: h16.2, v38.7, w8.2, 4.7)
Derby cup with a simple but very generous  "loop" handle. This is very unusual. Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D  in puce. (a099 )
Ring handles
 Large round ring handles which are flattened in section, with the part next to the cup straight as if squashed onto the cup.  May have the usual red Derby mark or be unmarked.

Derby cup with a large "ring" handle which is flattened against the cup ( slightly flattened in section).   Base marked with crown, crossed batons, and D in red. (a066, picture J. Bachmann)
A Derby coffee can with a large "ring" handle which is flattened against the cup ( slightly flattened in section).  Red Derby mark and pattern 731. (aj443, h60.6, w63.2, b(60.1), handle: v21.4, h15.5, w7.8, 5.5, t3.8) 
Simple Loop handles with dent
 Loop handles with pointed attachments with a dent in the lower part. Nearly round in section. Found on larger breakfast cups. May have the usual puce or red Derby mark. 

Derby breakfast cup with a "loop" handle with a slight "dent". Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D in puce. (aj401, h65.6, w93.8, b47.5 (53.2), handle: h16.2 (23.7), v36.3, w8.1, 5.6, t5.9 )
Derby breakfast cup with a "loop" handle with a slight "dent". Base marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 26 in red. (aj037, h65.2, w91.6, b49.2, handle: h15.6, v34.2, w7.4, 5.6 )
Derby large breakfast cup with a "loop" handle with a slight "dent". Base marked with crown, crossed batons, and D in red. (aj036, h70.3, w106.1, b55, handle: h18.9, v39.5, w7.4)
Outside decorated
"Derby" cup with a simple, narrow type 2 "loop" handle. Base marked with crossed arrows in red (h = 7.5 mm). This indicates outside decoration of Derby "seconds" perhaps at Torksey. (aj761, h65.5, w79.6 (42.1), b34.5 handle: h16.3 (21), v40, w9.2, 5 t3.7)
"Derby" Hamilton flute faceted cup with a simple, narrow type 2 "loop" handle. Base marked with single arrow in puce (h = 10 mm). This indicates outside decoration of Derby "seconds" perhaps at Torksey. (aj404, h64, w75, b35,handle: w9.5, 5)  
A cup with a large "ring" handle which is flattened against the cup ( slightly flattened in section).  No mark but possibly outside decorated. (aj136, h59.4, w77.4, b34.5,handle: v22.7, h16, w8, 5.8) 

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