Salt cellar

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possibly made at Prestonpans, East Lothian

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Salt cellar

This glazed earthenware salt cellar was possibly made at one of the potteries in Prestonpans in East Lothian. It dates from the first half of the 19th century.

The salt cellar is in the shape of a fat grey-haired man holding a white tankard against his chest.

From 1750 onwards, large-scale potteries were established on the south side of the Firth of Forth, at Prestonpans, Prestongrange, West Pans, Musselburgh and Portobello. Much of the skilled workforce came from the older established Staffordshire potteries.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-842-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 106
Date: 1800 - 1850
First half of the 19th century
Material: Glazed earthenware. Inscription: L [or] 7
Dimensions: 130 mm H x 65 mm W (base)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Glazed earthenware salt cellar in the shape of a fat grey-haired man holding a white tankard against his chest, standing on a circular white base, possibly from Prestonpans, 1800 - 1850
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