Rare Dispensary Pot
A rare Edwardian ironstone ointment pot with over-glazed transfer print of a decorative crown - and in immaculate condition. This fabulous tiny transfer-ware ointment pot or crock dates to the turn of the century, and is marked "Made in England" to its underside. It once contained a miraculous salve; an ointment made and sold by Chemists and well known "snake oil" salesmen. The product of course was shear quackery.
Throughout the Victorian era and up until 1920, many household commodities such as toothpaste, cold cream, bear grease, hair pomade and eye ointment were packed and sold in round, white ironstone pots with lids. Many were printed with advertising, yet many were unadorned and left plain, presumably to be re-used for a succession of different unguents, powders and victuals. Their pared-back pleasing shape, ironstone colour and graphics provide a glimpse into Victorian utilitarianism and into nineteenth century daily life and its needs – which now chimes with our own twenty first century ideals and aesthetics.
Year of manufacture: 1900 - 1915
Material: ceramic ironstone
Dimensions: Diameter 4cm Height 3.5cm
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