Overall: 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 7 x 8.9 x 7 cm )
Cylindrical pearlware child's cup with handle with black transfer-printed inscription and view of 2 male figures standing with barrels and crates with ship masts behind.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
printed: in black on body of cup: "BEING LESSONS FOR YOUTH/ON/INDUSTRY/Temperance [italics]/FRUGALITY & C." printed: in black on body of cup: "By diligence and perseverance the Mouse eat the cable in two." printed: in black on body of cup: "Diligence is the mother of good luck & [-d] gives all things to Industry." printed: in black on body of cup: "THE WAY TO WEALTH/OR/DR. FRANKLIN'S/Poor Richard [italics]/ILLUSTRATED"
Benjamin Franklin represents America's prototypical self-made man, rising from humble tradesman to revolutionary thinker and world leader through a combination of hard work and thrift. In his Poor Richard's Almanack, published serially between 1732 and 1757, Franklin printed a steady offering of aphorisms and proverbs counseling industry and frugality, which captured the attention of a society bent on self-improvement. Beginning in the 1830s, Franklin's sayings were frequently printed, and imaginatively illustrated, on plates and mugs presented to children as a reward for good behavior and achievement.
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