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Eighteenth-Century Creamware Mug 'God Speed the Plow'
c. 1775 England
Offered by RMJ Antiques
A Creamware Mug with the epithet 'God Speed The Plow'.
There are varying takes on the derivation of the phrase.
It may simply have been made for use within an agricultural community where the success of the harvest was paramount.
There is also suggestion that the phrase is taken from dialogue with age, where there are a Husbandman and a Servingman comparing the benefits of each's station.
There is reference to a play entitled 'God Speed The Plough' performed by the Sussex Players between 1593 - 1594.
The Servingman and the Husbandman appear in the play and the dialogue has similarities with the meeting of Corin and Touchstone in As You Like It.
Then there are folk songs as well which use the epithet as the concluding line.
The spelling of the word 'Plow', as a Yorkshire spelling, would suggest the mug was made in Yorkshire.
|Height||11.80 cm||(4.65 inches)|