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probably made in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Postcard of Cup (1 of 2).
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Cup (1 of 2)

This red earthenware cup was probably made at Alloa Pottery in Clackmannanshire. It dates from the 1890s.

The motto on the front of the cup reads 'Mak' yersel' at hame'. The base is impressed 'Shearer/Glasgow'. Shearer was a retail company which ordered large quantities of pottery from the Alloa Pottery.

Alloa was an important coal mining centre, and a pottery was established by the 1790s to take advantage of the abundant fuel and locally available clay. In its heyday the pottery was said to make 40,000 teapots a week. It finally closed in 1907.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-035-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1172
Date: 1890s
Material: Inscription: Shearer / Glasgow
What: Cup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Shearer (Inscribed on the cup)
Where: Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Scotland, Clackmannanshire, Alloa
Description: Red earthenware cup, with the motto 'Mak' yersel' at hame' on the front of the cup, the base is impressed 'Shearer/Glasgow', probably made at Alloa Pottery, Clackmannanshire, 1890s
  • Spreull, J.A.S. & Rankin, R. Alloa Pottery c.1783-1907. Clackmannan District Libraries: 1993. 
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