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1820s Canaryware Make Hay Mug

Scarce Canary Lustre Motto Mug

Circa 1820s: In 1546, a dozen years before Queen Elizabeth's long reign began and the future Virgin Queen was a mere pubescent teenager, the medievel English proverb "make hay while the sun shines" was first documeted in the volume The Proverbs of John Heywood in the following couplet: "When the Sunne shineth make hay; which is to say/ Take time when time comth, lest time steale away." In the Dark Ages, this phrase served as practical advice to a farming culture bereft of weather forecasts: harvest your crops when the clime is good because inclement weather is never far behind. By the early 19th century when this canary lustreware coffee can was produced, the phrase had worked itself into the common language and is closely related to Benjamin Franklin's infamous maxim "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." This handsome maxim mug features a transferware scene of three busy farmers piling hay on an ox drawn wagon while the sun beams down upon them. Condition is excellent with one minute nick on the top rim and three factory stilt marks on the bottom rim. Canary yellow motto mugs in this phenomenal condition are scarce; so follow the advice on the can: make hay while the sun shines and add this fine piece of 19th century pottery to your collection today.

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

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Antique Coffee Can Motto Mug Make Hay While the Sun Shines Canary Lustreware For Sale from Z and K Antiques

1820s Canaryware Make Hay Mug
For Sale: $425

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