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found at Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Mug.
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This earthenware mug was recovered from a brick-lined pit on the side of Gray's Factory at Portobello. It dates from the 19th century.

The sides are decorated with two bands of sponge decoration, the lower is on a grid pattern, the upper is of crossed S shapes.

Pottery has been made in Scotland since prehistoric times, but it was not until the 18th century that domestic pottery began to be mass produced on an industrial scale. By the early 1800s, potteries in Musselburgh, Portobello and Prestonpans, all near Edinburgh, were producing a wide range of wares, from soft-paste porcelain to transfer-printed earthenware.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-397-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 859
Date: 19th century
Material: White earthenware
Dimensions: 102 mm H x 105 mm D
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Gray's?, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Description: White earthenware mug with blue sponge roller decoration, of cylindrical shape with moulding at the base, recovered from a brick lined pit on the side of Gray's Factory at Portobello
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