Set of 4 Antique & Vintage English Frog Inside Mugs Pub Ware - BS8. This listing is for four antique English ceramic pubware mugs.
Each cup has a surprise ceramic frog inside. A frog mug (also known as a toad mug, surprise mug or ague mug) is a type of ceramic vessel mainly used for drinking beer or similar alcoholic beverages. They were first produced in Sunderland before being copied in such places as Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Newcastle. These mugs were part of the tradition of drinking games such as fuddling cups and puzzle jugs. In this case the drinking vessels featured one or more painted or three-dimensional ceramic frogs or toads that slowly emerged at the bottom of the vessel it was drained.
These practical joke mugs containing frogs or toads date from circa 1775 and continued to be popular until the end of the 19th century. An unsuspecting drinker would be surprised as he quaffed his beer to see a frog or toad emerging from the typically cloudy beverage of those days as it was fully consumed and the amphibian came into view, with predictable results.
They were first made in Sunderland around 1775 before being copied in such places as Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Newcastle. They are sometimes known as Sunderland mugs because of their first place of manufacture. Brown and white glazed mug with a big frog inside, this one features a toast. Inscribed on the exterior: MAY THERE NEER BE MAUR AMANG US.May there never be worse among us. Glazed thoroughly crazed, no chips or cracks. Well made brown mug with professional applique depicting seven riders crowded onto an unlikely long-backed horse. The legend reads WIDDECOMBE FAIR.
The base is marked CROWN DEVON FIELDINGS MADE IN ENGLAND. S a big green frog inside.Chunky redware mug with two frogs inside, dark brown with green glazed interior. Label reads TWO TOADS / TOTALLY TIRED / TRIED TO TROT / TO TETBURY. The bottom is scratch marked PCB CAM GLOS. Used, but in Fine condition.
Hefty straight sided mug, brown glazed redware with folksy frog inside. Inscribed on the side SUP IT OFF.
Good display condition, rustic mug has a some closed cracks, crazing, but no chips. We have more frog mugs also available; check out our listings! Weight: all, 4 lb 3 oz. We have more great collectibles.
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