|"Wolverene" 2.25 inch child's mug.|
Many popular 19th century mugs and plates made for children are patterned with animals. Cats, dogs, cows, lions, etc. form the bulk of the patterns. However, some odd animals were chosen. It is hard to believe that 19th century English children were familiar with wolverines. (The wolverene, today spelled wolverine, is an animal related to the weasel. It is known for its voracious appetite). The children probably wouldn't know a pintado either.
|"Pintado" 5.5 inch plate. A pintado is also known as a guinea fowl.|
Children's china was intended as a gift as well as a teaching tool. Perhaps these unusual animals were a jumping off point to engage a child in a discussion about natural history.
|"Kinkajou" child's 1.94 inch mug.|
Kinkajous, also known as honey bears, are rainforest mammals related to raccoons. They resemble ferrets or monkeys, but are not related to them. I have known about kinkajous for about twenty-five years because my vet rescued two of them from an animal shelter. But, I never heard of them when I was a child. I guess the potter was desperate to have an unusual animal decorate his pottery.
|Child's 4.6 inch child's plate decorated with a fish|
|"Short-Tailed Indris" child's 2.06 inch mug|
|"Tatouay" 1.94 inch child's mug|
|"Dusky Wolf" 2 inch child's mug|
|"Indian Scenery" 7.5 inch plate showing an anteater surrounded by an vaguely Indian scene. This pattern is from a dinner service that features different animals on nearly each size and shape.|