Ceramic white lid with black under-glaze transfer, for Blanchflower’s Yarmouth Bloater Paste, showing a herring trawler.
Intact white ceramic pepper pot (or sugar or salt sprinkler), with a hole in the bottom for a cork. Of the fourteen holes, only three are open. The others are blocked, having been improperly punched. This would make the pot frustratingly difficult to use, and the...
Yellowish lead-glazed local earthenware pantry vessel (2 fragments), from a layer from the 1850s.
‘Extractum Carnis “Liebig” – One Pound of this Extract contains thirty Pounds of Beef without fat Bone or tendon. To add to boiling water. C. Van Abbot, original importer, Cavendish Square, London, 2 ounces’. A small white ceramic pot...
Pot for ‘Nature’s Herbal Ointment’, dug from an ash dump of the 1870s near Leicester. This is the smaller size. At least one example of the larger size was excavated from the same dump.
Batty’s Nabob Pickle (showing a nabob, seated, consuming pickle from a bottle): ‘only genuine when secured with Bett’s capsule’ (referring to a patent closure device). Late VIctorian. Provenance uncertain (Yorkshire).
Ceramic pot base for cold cream, toothpaste or similar. When found, it contained a wooden cotton reel, which appears to have been thrown away inside it. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Pot lid for cold cream with a generic Gothic design. These lids were cheaper for the vendor to order than lids with a name, address and brand printed on them.
Plain brown cream pot, brown glaze on the outside, yellowish-cream glaze on the inside, no stamp.
Jars for Keiller’s Dundee Marmalade and John Moir’s Red Currant Jam. Found amid unscavenged domestic waste, 1890s.
Base of a cylindrical cream pot from an unidentified dairy in Hastings. Above ‘Hastings’ is the word ‘Ro???’ Can anyone identify the dairy? Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s at the King’s Lynn ash yard, this had travelled...
Holloway’s ointment pot, found in black ash which had been scavenged at the Kings Lynn ash yard. 1890s.
Large Keiller’s Dundee Marmalade jar made by Maling of Newcastle. The jar was already old, worn and much re-used before it was finally re-used for oil paint and discarded. Remnants of the paint remain inside. Discarded in 1908 after the death of Mary...
Four heavy ceramic pots with screw-on lids, transfer-printed in black, ‘Blanchflower & Sons, Home Made (etc)’ with gap for label specifying product. For bloater paste or potted meat.
Small ceramic jam or marmalade pot, with ribbing, made by Maling of Newcastle. It is still partly covered with barnacles and mud. Discarded in London and dumped on the Essex marshes.
Plain white ceramic ointment pot. Originally it would have had a label. Discarded in London and dumped in Essex.
‘Holloway’s Ointment’ pot. ‘For the cure of gout and rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads, bad legs, etc. Manufactured by the proprietor, 335 Oxford St.’ The pots came in five sizes of which this is the smallest at one...
‘Poor Man’s Friend’ ointment pot, small size, priced 1 shilling and 1 and a half pence. Blue transfer on white. Prepared by Beach and Barnicott, successors to Dr Roberts of Bridport. It contained active ingredients effective for the treatment of...
Army and Navy Co-operative Society, Almond Shaving Cream. Pot lid with red-brown transfer.
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...
Part of a cylindrical white ceramic pot with a purple transfer. The most common sort is printed ‘Pure/ Clotted Cream/ From/ Devonshi[re]/ [D]aily’. (The ‘re’ of Devonshire and most of ‘Daily’ are visible on this fragment.) Others...
Miniature pot, decorated with red bands, and missing lid. With clay pipe bowl to show scale.
Heavy white ceramic ointment pot, with indent for string for tying on a lid. Pearl ware. Found in the Thames.
Left: small pot for Keiller’s Dundee Marmalade, from Marshbrook, discarded 1915-20. Right: sample pot for the same, from Leigh-on-Sea, also discarded 1915-20.
Generic Army & Navy Co-operative Society preserves pot, for jam, marmalade etc (as specified on the label, which varied depending on the contents).
Tucker’s Devonshire Clotted Cream pot. Blue transfer on white. 1880s. Discarded c. 1910 in labourers’ rubbish, Kent, having travelled via Devon and London.
The undersides of pot lids. Left: an advert for Sulpholine Soap on the underside of a lid for Cracroft’s Areca Nut toothpaste.
Left: Pot lid for Cracroft’s Areca Nut Toothpaste. An advert on the underside of the lid promotes ‘Sulpholine Soap’ (Bergh Apton). Right: Pot lid for Atkinson’s Rose Cold Cream, price one shilling. Atkinson also made bear’s grease (London...
Potted Meat pot for G. W. Plumtree of Southport, whose factory moved to 13 Railway Street in or after 1895.
Pot lid for ‘Price’s Celebrated Cold Cream, for chapped hands and faces’. Found with rubbish from the 1890s at labourers’ cottages in Castle Rising.
Pots for the products of Robert Seager of Ipswich. Left: ‘Chicken and Ham’ (red transfer). Right: ‘Fine Potted Ham’ (black transfer). Transported to Castle Rising by rail.
‘Frank Cooper’s “Oxford” Home-Made Seville Marmalade, warranted pure’. Ceramic pot.
‘Army & Navy Co-operative Society, Gorgona Anchovy Paste’, pot lid, black transfer on white. London.
J. Sainsbury’s Superior Home Made Potted Meats.
Potted meat pots. Two fragments retain part of the transfer for Plumtree’s of Southport, one of the most widely distributed brands. At least three different pots are represented here. Pots like this were superseded by moulded glass jars in the 1910s. From the...
Pot for jam, marmalade or soup. From the School House, Bergh Apton. Some of these pots have a transfer-printed label, but there is no evidence that this one did. It would have had a paper label instead.
Small pot lid with fractured base. The lid would have had a paper label. Pots of this sort were sold by local chemists, containing toothpaste, cold cream, bear’s grease and the like. Larger companies could afford transfer-printed labels, which had the advantage...