Earthenware jug

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Made at Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Earthenware jug.
© National Museums Scotland

Earthenware jug

This earthenware jug was made around 1820 probably at Thomas Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. Sherds with the same border design were recovered from the pottery site.

The transfer-printed pattern shows a rustic cottage scene.

Good supplies of coal and clay and easy transport by sea meant that the south side of the Firth of Forth was an ideal location for potteries to develop. Small-scale works existed there from the 17th century and larger factories developed from around 1750

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Online ID: 000-100-045-995-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1991.58
Date: Around 1820
c. 1820
Material: Earthenware; transfer printed pattern
Dimensions: 212 mm max H x 210 mm max L x 103 mm base D
What: Jug / ewer
Who: Watson, Prestonpans (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Earthenware ewer or jug, transfer-printed with a pattern of flowers and rustic cottages, by Watson, Prestonpans, East Lothian, dating from c. 1820
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