This English earthenware mug from the late 18th century, created with the practical joker in mind, has a fun secret: a fake frog inside seems poised to leap at the face of the unsuspecting user—a sort of precursor of the ice cube with the fake fly. Fill the mug with a dark liquid, hand to a friend, then enjoy the show. One can only guess how much joy the reaction gave the joker.
Tyler Johnson, Estate Guide
Gift of Osborne R. and Mary M. Soverel in memory of Lilian Wilkinson Boschen, 1992.0040