Bloater Paste Pot Lid

Bloater Paste Pot Lid

Part of a lid for a large pot of [BLOA]TER [PASTE], with a thistle design below, showing a word ending in T followed by the word LUNC[HEON]. Variations of this pot lid have been found for ‘POTTED BEEF’ and ‘ANCHOVY PASTE’. The contents is always given in the bar across the middle. The advert around the edge always says: ‘AN EXCELLENT RELISH FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCHEON &c’. There is always a thistle above and below the bar. Bloaters are smoked herrings. The industry at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk supplied most of the Victorian trade.

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January 17, 2015

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