Figure 4

Three coffee cans decorated with bat-printed figural groups of mothers and children in the style of Adam Buck. All unmarked, makers unknown.

Left: Single black print opposite the handle, with black enamel along rim.
Center: Single orange print opposite the handle, with gilt rim.
Right: Black prints on both sides of the handle, with elaborate gilt decoration inside the rim and near the top edge between the prints, as well as along the edge of the handle.

These small (about 2 ½” tall) straight-sided cups were known as coffee cans. Standard coffee cups were shaped like tea cups but were taller and narrower, and had handles well before tea cups did. By 1800 the cylindrical coffee can had superceded the shaped coffee cup, but, like the bat-printed decoration, all but disappeared in the 1820s.