STYLE: Scratch blue ware is a type of English 18th century salt-glazed stoneware decorated before firing with incised designs or inscriptions into which a mixture of clay and cobalt was rubbed. Objects of this type date from 1724-1776. It appears to have superseded the slightly earlier scratch brown ware, on which the decorations were colored with a brown pigment mixed with clay. Delicate, thinly-potted scratch-blue pieces such as teacups and saucers have not survived well, either single or in sets.
DATE: This saucer is dated later than the cup it accompanies. There is a degeneration of the style of decoration which indicates this.