Chamber pot of Wemyss ware, c. 1895

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From Philiphaugh House, Selkirkshire

Postcard of Chamber pot of Wemyss ware, c. 1895.
© National Museums Scotland

Chamber pot of Wemyss ware, c. 1895

This white glazed earthenware chamber pot was made at Robert Heron's Pottery in Kirkcaldy in Fife around 1895. It is part of a Wemyss Ware toilet set which came from Philiphaugh House near Selkirk.

The sides of the pot curve out from a very small straight foot to form a bulbous body which is hand painted with pink cabbage roses. There is a decorated strap handle at one side.

In the 19th century, potteries grew in number to meet the increased demand. The largest firms were near the Forth and Clyde rivers. Kirkcaldy became a major centre with four main firms including Robert Heron & Co, famous for their prestigious Wemyss ware.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-241-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 163
Date: Around 1895
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS
Dimensions: 140 mm H x 155 mm D (base) x 220 mm D (rim)
What: Chamber pot
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Robert Heron and Co.
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Wemyss ware chamber pot of white glazed earthenware, with sides curving out from a very small straight foot forming a bulbous body, part of a toilet set
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp 137-8 
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