59. Glossop Traders Association
Now I’ll not have a bad word said against Glossop (Pronounced GLOSS-UP by anyone living in North Manchester). The sheer mention of the town is enough to set banjo’s duelling but honestly there’s at least 4 good things I can think of to come out of Glossop:
– The A57.
– C-86 Jangly popsters The Bodines ( I still have all the vinyls!)
– Glossop Caravans – although native Glossopians (Pronounced Gloss-oap-ians) argue it’s not actually IN Glossop and hey are just using the name of the town to generate interest. I’m not sure but they have an almighty logo!
– This Mug.
And what a curio it is.
Small in stature and with its ‘tight’ handle it cuts the figure of a mid-size Sheraton. It’s produced to commemorate or promote Glossop Market Traders hosting a Victorian Weekend (in 1984? but the caligraphy is so bad I can’t tell), which I thought was pretty much like every weekend spent there! Gold leaf adorns the rim and print work sits slantedly to one side of the mug, leaving the other side cruelly exposed.
Novelty or Trade? I’m not 100% sure but here it is.
THE Name in Glazing Components.
The West Midlands has proved fertile Spottage territory for us before, what with the triumphs that were Jayline & Malcolm Group, but we proudly present to you this battle scarred (chipped) and well dishwashed Sharaton for Feneseal.
It’s a simple maroon-on-white affair with the logo repeated at a jaunty angle so no matter how the mug is held or stored, the Feneseal brand is always in view.
Again the 021 phone number places this piece firmly pre-1995.
Remarkably Feneseal are still trading so why not check out THE website for THE name in Glazing Components.
15. Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archives
Spotters, as you know by now we are no strangers to controversy and aren’t afraid to rip up the rulebook when it comes to posting controversial earthenware.
As with Spillers, we may enrage the purists but I’ve decided this gorgeous vessel courtesy of BAGMA warrants inclusion. Balancing delicately on the line between Trade Mug & Souvenir, let me state my case for inclusion:
1. It’s looks. It’s a ‘Sheraton’. It’s a sleek & slender treat whose dainty handle is suprisingly grippable.
2. The Motif design. When I worked in Advertising (Ed: Shut Up!) I learned to appreciate a great typeface and this sans serif Aerial is the business. The look is reminiscent of Mark Farrow’s work for New Order & the Pet Shop Boys circa 1988-90 and Johnson-Panas’ various works for Factory Records of the same era. Even the cut out of the “B” in pale blue is pure understated brilliance.
3. The mouth of the mug is almost the same circumference as a round tea bag.
4. If you visit the Bury Art Gallery in person you can purchase a mug like this for just £1.00.
5. Err, that’s it.
The time for words is over. Just gaze upon the beauty…..
Behold! The tea bag nestling in the Sheraton’s Mouth.