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made in Cumnock, Ayrshire

Postcard of Cup.
© National Museums Scotland


This three-handled earthenware cup, also known as a 'tyg' was made by the Cumnock Pottery in Ayrshire. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The motto on the side of the cup reads 'Contented wi' little and canty (happy) wi' mair'.

A pottery was originally established in Cumnock by James Taylor in 1792. In the second half of the 19th century it became well known for its 'couthy' motto ware.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-374-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1048
Date: Second half of the 19th century
Dimensions: 138 mm H x 133 mm base D
What: Tyg / cup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Cumnock Pottery, Cumnock (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Cumnock
Description: Three handled tyg, unmarked, from Cumnock Pottery
  • Quail, G. The Cumnock Pottery. Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: 1993. 
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