Yesterday, at an antiques fair in Halifax, Mr. N called me over to see his latest find. "I love it! Can I keep it?" I exclaimed when I saw the simple white pottery antique loving cup, emblazoned with a seemingly very un-Victorian inscription.
This treasure, discovered so close to St Valentine's Day, would be the perfect addition to our modest collection of 19th century mugs, some of which are tokens of Mr. N's affection for me (I think).
Of course a Lovefeast was not quite the wild, hippy-ish event it's name evokes. This mug was once a souvenir of a Nonconformist religious gathering where a simple meal was shared in a celebration of brotherly love. Primitive Methodists and Moravians both enjoyed this sociable act of worship.
Such loving cups bearing the word "Lovefeast" are quite hard to find.
"Praise The Lord" is more usual.
Mr N. agreed that I should keep it and I accepted with great pleasure...
...it's definitely NOT transferable.