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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Whiteware – Juvenile Cup

January 16, 2020

Juvenile Whiteware CupThis juvenile whiteware cup with blue transfer print was found during the 2006 excavation of an early 1840s–1860s privy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  The cup shows a boy waving his arms in the air while standing on a railroad track. His hat is above his head, held in one hand. To the right, a train is heading towards the boy. Some people are visible to the left, in the background. It appears that the boy is trying to warn the train that the track is out ahead. This cup has no maker’s mark on the bottom. It is about 2¾ inches tall and 2½ inches wide at the base. The rim is too fragmentary to measure the diameter.