These mugs are manufactured specially for the Museum by Chown China. The Balmoral mugs are bone china. The decoration is fired at above 800°C for everlasting permanence and outstanding dish-washer resistance.
Please DO NOT put boiling water into the porcelain mugs as they are liable to crack. We advise that you place a spoon into the mug when pouring in water that has just finished boiling and this will prevent damage. They are the equivalent of the porcelain tea cup.
The mug has information printed on the reverse side and details some of the history of the Gurney Cab.
“The Gurney Cab, circa 1885, was so called after its inventor, J. Theodore Gurney who patented it in Boston, USA.
The driver sat in front of the cab passengers who entered via the rear door. Four people could ride comfortably on the lengthwise seats inside.
The body was made with sheet iron which was fixed to a wooden frame and had glass windows. It was 52 inches wide, 38 inches long and 62 inches high and was often painted olive green.”