Jar, advertising rennet

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sold by J Samson & Sons, Cumnock & Castle Douglas, probably made in Cumnock, Ayrshire

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Jar, advertising rennet

This glazed red earthenware jar is inscribed, 'Rennet Extract/J. Samson & Son/Cumnock/&/Castle Douglas'. Rennet is animal extract and it was used for curdling milk. The jar dates from the late 19th century and was probably made by the Cumnock Pottery in Ayrshire.

The brown and yellow jar has a flat, circular base, bulging shoulders and an applied strap handle.

In Victorian times, advertising grew and was used by manufacturers as a way of appealing to their customers. The development of branded goods and the recycling of some types of container both favoured the use of jars and bottles as a means of advertising the supplier or the contents.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-204-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 76
Date: Late 19th century
Material: Brown and yellow glazed red earthenware. Inscription: RENNET EXTRACT / (underlined) L SAMSON & SON / CUMNOCK / & CASTLE DOUGLAS
Dimensions: 205 mm H x 96 mm D (base) x 45 mm D (neck)
What: Jar
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: L. Samson and Son (Inscribed on the jar)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Cumnock
Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Castle Douglas
Description: Brown and yellow glazed red earthenware jar, with a flat circular base, bulging shoulders and an applied strap handle, and with brown script on the yellow glaze
  • Quail, G. The Cumnock Pottery. Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: 1993. 
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