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Clarks pyramid nightlight holder


An Edwardian ironstone Pyramid food warmer jug, invented and patented by Samuel Clarke, England, at the turn of the nineteenth century. 

Below the pouring lip the jug is marked “ No 2 ¼ Pint Price 5/-” and it is branded all over with various trademarks and also with some fitting poetry: “When nights are dark, then think of Clarke, who’s hit the mark precisely, for his night-lights create light-nights, in which you see quite nicely.”


This ironstone jug was originally used to heat a pint of milk, keep food warm or to prepare “pap”, a mixture of bread and milk diluted with water, which was used to wean infants off breast milk. The jug was placed in a metal pan that contained water, and this in turn was placed on a stand set over a tea-light – the warmth from the candle heated the water, which then very gently heated the contents of the jug. The device was trade marked by Samuel Clarke as a ‘Pyramid’ food warmer as the different parts stacked up like a pyramid. Clarkes also manufactured nightlights, and advertised their own-brand nightlights all over their products, as seen here.

Year of manufacture: c.1900

Origin: England

Material: Ceramic ironstone

Diameter 10cm  Height 10cm

Condition: excellent

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