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Centennial Teacup & Saucer Sets, etc.
1876 centennial teacup & saucer celebrating the
1772 Burning of the H.M.S. Gaspee by
colonial patriots, was made
in England as a comemorative set of bone-china
demi-tasse cups. These sets were undoubtedly sold as
souvenirs at the 1875
Centennial Gaspee Day celebration.
has line drawing of the Gaspee and reads: First
Blow For Freedom/Gaspee/June 10th 1772. Saucer has
the Rhode Island seal and reads: First National Centennial
Anniversary-1876. There are no visible markings on
the bottom of either the cup or saucer. There are at
least three variants of the print color; black, blue, and
brown. The RI Historical Society has a set of two of
these cups and saucers on display in the butler's pantry
in the John Brown Mansion, and several more are privately
The motto of the modern Gaspee Days Committee is derived from the language used on these teacups...America's
"First Blow for Freedom".
For lack of a better place to put it, here's also a pewter Gaspee Days beer stein sold by the Gaspee Days Committee during the Gaspee bicentennial c1972. Don't bother with eBay, it's likely available for a penny at many Warwick area garage sales.
|Gaspee Days Logo Mug
Discovered on eBay 10/2010
Bottom says Anchor Hocking/Made in U.S.A./Fire King/Oven Proof.
First time we've seen this item, which may have been a one-off demo promotional piece.
From the collection of Henry A. L. Brown, rediscovered by Rory Raven in his 2012 book, Burning the Gaspee.
Image modified from McKevin & Rogers
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