Derby Coffee Cans


Coffee cans were produced  by the Derby over a long period. Those made in the period around 1800 can have simple straight sides but earlier cans can be reeded. Earlier cans had simple loop handles but later a variety of handle shapes were made: loop with inner spur, loop with inner spur and thumb rest, squashed ring, French (or square), pointed ear shaped, wishbone, etc. Derby porcelain is usually marked  (click here for Derby Bute cups)

Examples
Simple Loop Handles

Early Derby loop handles can have very elegant guilding on the outer edge.


Derby reeded coffee can with a simple wide "loop" handle. Base  marked with crown, crossed batons, D and 411 in puce, and N inside rim.  (aj481, h62.7, w67.3, b56 (64.7) handle: h15.1 (20), v34.1, w9.9, 6.8 t4.3)
Derby coffee can with a simple,  wide "loop" handle. Base  marked with crown, crossed batons, and D in red.  (a118 )  
Loop Handles with inner spur

Derby made a number of handles with an inner spur. Some also have a thumb rest.


 Derby coffee can with loop handle with inner spur. Puce Derby mark on base and pattern 600.  (a120)  
 Derby coffee can with loop handle with inner spur. Puce Derby mark on base and pattern 94 but this may be a mistake!  (a120)  
 Derby coffee can with loop handle with thumb rest, inner spur and protruding lower attachment. Red Derby mark on base.  (a117)  
 Bloor Derby coffee can with loop handle with thumb rest, inner spur and ridge on lower attachment. Top attachment broadly pointed. Neat potting, fair yellowish translucency. Feint, circular, red-printed Bloor Derby mark on base.  (aj607, h63.6, w67.2, b52.3 (61.4) handle: h15.5 (20), v31, w8.4, 6.5 t3.6)  
Ring Handles

The Derby ring handle. is very characteristic, it looks as if the side nearest to the can has been squashed.


Derby coffee can with a large "ring" handle which is flattened against the cup ( slightly flattened in section).  Red Derby mark and pattern 731. (aj443, h60.6, w63.2, b(60.1), handle: v21.4, h15.5, w7.8, 5.5, t3.8) 
Coffee can with a large "ring" handle which is flattened against the cup ( slightly flattened in section).  No marks.Possibly outside decorated Derby. (aj659, h59.1, w64.2, b(58.5), handle: v23, h15.2 (21), w7.8, 5.4, t3.7)   
French or Square Handles

The Derby French handle.


 Derby coffee can with French handle, rectangular in section and with a groove along each side. Red Derby mark on base.  (a116) Bull  
Derby "Pointed ear" Handles

This type of handle was only made by Derby.


 Derby coffee can with pointed ear shaped handle. Red Derby mark on base.  (a121) Nicholson  

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