|Hare and Leverets|
|Close-Up of Hare and Leverets|
The above pattern, known as Hare and Leverets, is found on a 5.5 inch saucer. Although the pattern here is seen in brown, it is most commonly printed in blue. I assumed the large animal was a rabbit, and wondered what on earth was a leveret! I discovered that a leveret is the word for a baby hare, and that a hare, which is a lagomorph like a rabbit, is different from its more common cousin. Hares are born in an above ground nest fully furred and with their eyes open. A rabbit is born in a burrow in the ground with no fur and with its eyes closed Hares are larger than rabbits and have shorter ears and longer legs. The American hare is often referred to as a jackrabbit. This British transferware pattern dates from the 1820s.
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