Possibly the only book on the subject? A great intro into this unusual area of collecting, extremely well researched and well-written, a pleasure to read. But I still can't work out why mocha-ware beer mugs are so ridiculously expensive to buy! Supply and demand I suppose.
I can hardly do better than quote from the blurb on the back of this splendid little monograph. "This book is believed to be the first to treat the subject of pub beer mugs and glasses as a whole. Beer mugs have been made of ceramic, glass or pewter and previous writers have dealt with them as aspects of each of these crafts. As a result mugs have hitherto received fragmented treatment. Pub mugs nevertheless form an interesting aspect of Britain's social history. They were a fundamental part of the output of industry. They were the subject of much regulation, because drinkers wanted to be sure of receiving the full measure. The pint itself has a chequered history and is an anomaly alongside today's metric system. The question of a fair pint has never been resolved; should it include the 'head' or not"
As claimed, the author has brought together all these strands to produce a fascinating and at times surprising book which deals explicitly with marked pub mugs and glasses from the earliest times to the present day. There are a huge number of illustraions, mostly in colour, of not merely beer mugs but prints old and recent and related objects used to ensure "full measure". Fraudulent measures are also discussed and illustrated. At the back are appendices dealing with measures and with marking legislation, "Further Reading", and a list of places for collectors to visit.
Into a book of only 64 pages, voluminously illustrated, the author has crammed a beautifully written text in which not a single word is wasted. A tour de force.