Pottery Cuppe O'Kindnesse, c. 1907 Buffalo, New York Willow Pattern
Semi Vitreous Pottery Large Cup (5 3/4 inches across by 3 1/4 inches high) identified as Cuppe O'Kindnesse is a collectible from the Buffalo, New York 1901-02 Historic Company created by John Larkin and Elbert Hubbard.
The cup is distinguished by the Robert Burns phrase "Take ye a cuppe o'kindnesse For uld lang syne" on its inside rim.
The company and the owners are remembered for Larkin's soap manufacture and Hubbard's connection with the Arts and Crafts movement and the Roycrofters colony of craftsmen in East Aurora, New York.
The Buffalo Willow pattern, of which this cup is an example, dates from 1907 and distinguishes Buffalo pottery; the Larkin Office Building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
This Cup of Kindness was purchased soon after its creation, probably in the teens. It is, as the pictures clearly show, marred by a crack (1 1/4") in one side. The crack has been there for at least 90 years. The cup is beautifully preserved and is strong to handle.