Spode Bute cups


Finely made and beautifully decorated Bute cups were produced  by Spode over a long period from the earliest days of bone china to the later partnerships with Copeland. Be warned that Spode made replacements for missing pieces in other makers teasets and these were often marked SPODE on the base.


Identification depends mainly on the very characteristic loop handle  with a single kick and out-turned, rounded, bottom attachment but some cups are marked.  The cups are finely made with even wall thickness and are flat inside bottom. Cups were also made with simple loop handles.

Loop handle with single kick
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle.  (aj042,  h57.5, w82, b39, handle: v27.1, h15.3, w8.9)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. No mark but this is pattern 1020. (a094)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. No mark. (a096)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. (aj088, h59.3, w82.8, b37.7, handle: v28.8, h14.8, w8.3)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. This is pattern 447. (aj082, h58.6, w82.4, b39.9, handle: v27.5, h12.4, w9.9)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. Bat print of dog.  (aj098, h58.7, w81.4, b39.7, handle: v26.6, h14, w9.3, 7.3)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. Bat print.  (aj043, h56.9, w83.2, b42.2, handle: v28, h13.4, w9)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. Moulded floral decoration on pale blue ground. Small flowers painted inside. Base marked pattern number 1978 (2.3mm high) in gilt.  (aj152, h59, w82.3, b39.5 (44.3), handle: v28.5, h13.5 (19.9), w8.2, 6.4, t4.2)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. Moulded floral decoration on grey/green ground. Small flowers painted inside. Base marked SPODE and pattern number 2019 (1.5mm high) in red.  (aj152, h59.1, w82.2, b38.4 (42.6), handle: v30.4, h16.6 (21), w8.5, 6.3, t4.0)
Spode cup with typical "loop" handle. Body of "drab" pottery with white slip inside. Impressed SPODE on base.  (aj097, h57.6, w86.5, b41.1, handle: v29.5, h14.2, w8.6, 6.3)
Breakfast cup with typical "loop" handle. Dense and hard body with mearest suspicion of translucency. No mark. ? Spode(aj654, h68.8, w94, b46, handle: v33.7, h17.4 (22), w9.9, 7.5)
Spode pottery breakfast cup with typical "loop" handle. No mark.  (aj231, h68.8, w94, b46, handle: v32.3, h14.1, w10.6, 8.5)
Spode  cup with typical "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment. No marks but typical shallowly curved edges to inside of footrim. (aj178, h60.1, w82.7, b39, handle: v27, h14.7, w9.4, 7.4)
Spode  child's cup with  "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment. No marks but this is pattern 887 with a cottage on the reverse side.  (aj274, h44.2, w60.9, b29.1, handle: v21.8, h9.2, w7, 5.7)
"Spode"  cup with "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment and lower attachment which protrudes little. Dark green Copeland mark on base (6.4mm). (aj256, h57.7, w84, b41.6, handle: v27.8, h12.9, w9.1, 7.0)
Spode  cup with larger "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment. SPODE Stone China blue transfer mark and pattern 2061 painted in red on base. (aj140, h57.6, w80.6, b40.1, handle: v30.8, h16, w8.5, 6.0)
Spode  breakfast cup with "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment. Dull green SPODE COPELAND transfer mark on base. Blue SPODE Stone China  transfer mark on saucer. Pattern 2061 painted in red on base of cup and saucer. (aj273, h68.6, w108.7, b54.9, handle: v37.5, h17.6, w9.4, 6.2)
Cup with  "loop" handle with rounded upper attachment but without turn out at lower attachment. Other cups with identical handles marked Spode.  Possibly Spode. (aj171, h57.7, w85.8, b40 (45), handle: v28.3, h17.3 (21.8), w8.2, 5.7)
Simple loop handle with half-oval upper and pointed lower attachment.

 A Spode cup with a wide simple "loop" handle  with half-oval upper attachment. Fairly even wall thickness in speckled body with pinkish translucency. SPODE and 648 painted in red on base (~2mm). (Pattern first used ~1805 confirmed by Pam Woolliscroft, Spode Museum.) Base with curved edges. Possibly a Coalport replacement. (aj158, h58, w82.6, b36.7 handle: h16.3, v33, w10, 6.7) 
"7" shaped handle with round upper and pointed lower attachment.

 A Spode cup with a "7" shaped handle  with rounded upper and pointed lower attachment. Even wall thickness in bone china body. SPODE transfer on base (~2.2mm).  Shallow foot recess. 24 scallops on rim. (aj350, h57.9, w83.9, b38.9 (43.4) handle: h16 (21.1), v33, w9.4, 6.8) 

References

Godden, G. A. (1985) . Barrie and Jenkins, London.

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