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Teapot with Masonic Symbols
1780-1809
John Aynsley
England: Staffordshire
Transfer-printed earthenware
With lid: 6-1/2"h x 5"w x 8-1/2"d (spout to handle)
Special Acquisitions Fund
77.60.1a-b

a: Leeds Pearlware teapot with b: lid; transfer prints; signed by John Aynsley "J Aynsley/ Lane End" under vignettes of good and bad behavior; both sides inscribed "Keep Within the Compass and You Shall Be Sure. To Avoid Many Dangers which Other Endure."; side shows man within a compass also inscribed "By Honest and industrious means, we live a life of ease. Then let the compass be your guide and go where e'er you please."; reverse side showing woman within compass inscribed "Attend unto this simple fact, As though your life your rove, that virtuous and prudent ways, will gain esteem and love."; b: upside down acorn shaped handle.