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 If you’re looking for a top quality promotional mug, our range includes models manufactured in fine bone china. We offer a standard 330ml format mug and a slimline mug, so should be able to meet your requirements, whatever your cup of tea!

A Short History of The China Mug
Porcelain is often referred to as ‘China’, which is where the delicate ceramic material was first developed, during the Tang dynasty. When porcelain started being exported to Europe in the 14th century, it was considered so valuable and precious that it was worth its weight in gold. 
European potters tried in vain to replicate the material but the best they could do was apply a white tin glaze to conceal the brown of their earthenware. 
In the early 16th century, the Portuguese brought back samples of kaolin clay, which they discovered was instrumental in the production of porcelain wares, but the Chinese manufacturing techniques remained a mystery.
That is until the publication of the Lettres édifiantes et curieuses de Chine par des missionnaires jésuites in 1712, in which French Jesuit father Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles revealed the methods he had witnessed during his travels in China.
In 1789 English potter Josiah Spode developed his own porcelain formulation using animal bone ash. Known as ‘bone china’ it was characterised by its high levels of whiteness and translucency and very high mechanical strength and chip resistance. Bone china quickly proved to be highly popular, leading to its production by other English pottery manufacturers including Coalport, Davenport, Wedgewood, and Worcester. 
In an English context, references to ‘china’ or ‘porcelain’ often actually mean bone china.

Branding Your Promotional China Mug
China mugs can be printed with full colour dye sublimation, which is highly accurate colour photographic reproduction technology. This is ideal for printing photographic images or artwork that contains numerous colours, tints, tones or shading.

Alternatively, choose to have your logo reproduced via a transfer print. Although slower, as the transfers are hand applied, this method is a good choice if you wish to print on the full surface area of the mug or perhaps on the inside of the mug or the handle.

Presenting Your Promotional China Mug
Once you have designed your show-stopping mug, make sure it’s presented equally well by selecting one of our presentation boxes. These can be supplied plain or printed for an additional charge.

For more information on the mugs in our range, the different printing options and packaging please call 0800 169 0898 or email sales@leighmans.com.