Grainger Worcester


Grainger made Bute and Hamilton flute shaped cups from the early 1800s. Most of these have a large round ring handle set quite close to the rim. There are two types of ring handle: Type 1 ring handles are round in section and are typical of Grainger; Type 2 ring handles  are more flattened in section and are very similar to those made by Chamberlain. In Chamberlain cups the triangle under the ring has a shorter side next to the ring while in Grainger cups the two sides formed by the handle are nearly equal. Grainger also made Bute cups with loop handles with an inner spur   (click to see whole Grainger New Oval teaset)


Examples
Type 1 ring handles
Large round ring handle, round in section and set just below the top rim and with triangle under ring with nearly equal sides.

A cup with a large "ring" handle of the Grainger Worcester type 1. There is no mark. (aj016, h59.5, w82.3, b42, handle: v17.5, h18.1, w5.9)
A cup with a large "ring" handle of the Grainger Worcester type 1. This cup has no mark. (aj015, h59.1, w81.7, handle: v17.3, h18.4, w6.0)
Grainger cup with a large "ring" handle of  type 1. This cup has no mark but it came from a service with a typical Grainger Worcester "new oval" shape teapot with patt. 133 painted on the base. (aj005, h59.4, w82.2, handle: v17.6, h18.4, w6.4)
Grainger cup with a large "ring" handle of type 1. This cup has no mark but it matches a Grainger Worcester "new oval" shape sucrier and teapot with patt. 302 painted on the base. (aj005, h60.5, w82.3, b40.3 (46.8) handle: v17.6, h18.4, w6, 4.7)
A cup with a large "ring" handle of the Grainger Worcester type 1. This is pattern number 228 but there is no mark. (aj041, w83.3, h60.5, b40.7 (45.8) handle: v17.8, h18, w6.15)
Grainger cup with a large "ring" handle of   type 1. Underglaze blue overpainted and gilded. There is no mark but came in service with typical Grainger "new oval" teapot. (aj500, w82.9, h60.2, b 38.5 (45.7) handle: v17.3, h17.8 (24.8), w6, 4.6)
A cup with a large "ring" handle of the Grainger Worcester type 1. Bat prints of sea shells. There is no mark. (aj204, w82.9, h60.5, b 37.3 (45.2) handle: v17.3, h18.1, w6.2, 5.2)
Type 2 ring handles
Large round ring handle, flattened in section and set just below the top rim and with triangle under ring with nearly equal sides.

A cup with a large "ring" handle more like the Chamberlain Worcester type (slightly flattened in section) but triangle is more like Grainger. Possibly Grainger. (aj122, h58, w80.5, b41.6, handle: v19.2, h17.4, w8, 5.4) 
Hamilton flute
Large ring handle, flattened in section, type 2.  18 flutes. Even wall thickness with distinct corners at bottom which  may have a very slight upwards dimple.  Bluish body with straw transparency. 

A cup with a large ring handle with pointed lower attachment. 18 flutes.  Finely potted in  bluish body with straw transparency. Foot recess  with bevelled edges. Possibly Grainger Worcester  (aj194, h57.8, w84.5, b44.2 handle: h17.7, v19.2,  w7.8, 5.4, t3.7)
A coffee can with a large ring handle with rounded lower attachment. 16 flutes. Ring handle round in section. Finely potted in body with slightly straw transparency. Foot recess  with bevelled edges. Probably Grainger Worcester  (aj626, h62.4, w66.6, b52 (61.5) handle: h17.8, v17.2,  w5.6, 4.3, t4.9)  
Loop handles with inner spur

A Bute cup with a "loop" handle with an  inner spur. Came with London shaped teapot illustrated in plate 1507 of Miller and Berthoud (1985). also illustrated in plate321 of Berthoud (1990). Probably Grainger. (m006, w83.8) Miller  

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