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Object Name Teacup
Common Name saucer
Catalog Number 1904.52
Date 1760-1775
Material(s) Ceramic
Dimensions H-3.5 W-5 D-5 inches
Description This is a small two piece set of Liverpool china. One piece (A) in this set is a small white teacup with gold gilding border trim. The opening trim is made of two gold lines. The gilding on the handle appears to have worn away with time. The second piece (B) is a small white saucer with gilding border trim as well. On the inside at its base, there is only one line and on the outside border there are four.
Notes Old card, "China cup and saucer of Liverpool china brought from Virginia to Kentucky (1775) by Captain William James McBride."

As indicated on a note card in the file "A rare colonial tea-cup, the property of Mrs. Martha Reid of Frankfort. This quaint, out of Liverpool, china belonged to a tea set brought from Virginia to Kentucky by William James McBride (called James?), when he emigrated here in 1775, and settled at Harrodsburg station with his family (see Colham Vol. 2 Page 120). His name is on the State monument in the cemetery as among the slain at Blue Lick, though killed some days afterwards. Mrs. McBride, his widow, entertained the first Presbyterian minister in Kentucky, Father Rice as he was known among the earliest pioneers, Daniel Boone and other distinguished pioneer explorers were served at her table from the tea-cups she had bought to her forest home on pack mule from Virginia. This tea-cup is the sole remaining one of that tea set. It was handed down as a legacy to Mrs. Martha Reid, from her great grandmother, Mrs. McBride."
Collection Martha Reid Collection
People McBride, Captain William
Reid, Mrs. Martha
Subjects China
Pioneer life
Tea ceremonies
Tea parties
Search Terms Virginia
Frontier & pioneer life
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS