Honey box, drip tray & lid

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made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Honey box, drip tray & lid

This Wemyss ware honey box, drip tray & lid were made between around 1885 and 1930 at Robert Heron & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The box and tray are hand-painted with a bee hive and bees in flight. The box and lid have a similar style of bee, the tray is by another hand so was probably assembled later. The tray is stamped with the cartouche of Thomas Goode & Company of of South Audley Street in London.

This type of honey box was one of several patterns specially reserved by Thomas Goode & Co. Goodes recognised a potential large market for this type of ware and they became Heron's English agents and handled much of the firm's output.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-336-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.63
Date: Between around 1885 and 1930
c. 1885 - 1930
Material: Wymess ware; pressed? earthenware; underglaze painted and glazed. Inscription: Box: WEMYSS. drip tray: Wemyss [painted]; T.GOODE AND Co.[cartouche]; WEMYSS [impressed]
Dimensions: Box 85 mm max H x 135 mm L x 135 mm W; plate 185 mm L x 185 mm W
What: Honey box / tray, drip / cover
Who: Robert Heron and Co., Fife Pottery, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Thomas Goode and Co.
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Wymess ware square honey box, drip tray and cover with thistle knop, impressed with `Wymess' and with the cartouche of `T. Goode and Co.', by Robert Heron and Son, Fife Pottery, c. 1885 - 1930
  • Peter Davies & Robert Rankin, Wemyss ware: A Decorative Scottish Pottery, Scottish Academic Press, 1986 
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