Black Boy Hotel Coffee Cup

While looking for pictures of Watson Fothergill’s buildings in bygone days, I stumbled upon some old postcards of Nottingham at the turn of the 19th century, this led me to a do a search on eBay and I found this item: a small coffee cup that porports to be from the Black Boy Hotel! The Nottingham coat of arms is on the cup and the saucer.


Of course, I had to make an offer… and low and behold it arrived in the post a couple of days later!


That’s a one cup cafetiere for scale… it’s a little larger than an espresso cup that you’d get today – perhaps people liked a short strong coffee back in the days of the Gentleman’s Lounge Bar?

Learn more about The Black Boy Hotel and Watson Fothergill’s work on the building on The Watson Fothergill Walk