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used at Prestonpans, East Lothian

Postcard of Mould.
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This plaster mould for the upper surface of a circular plate is dated 1830 and was later used at at Charles Belfield's Pottery in Prestonpans in East Lothian.

The mould has relief basket weave pattern and a scalloped edge. It is inscribed on the underside 'Block / 24 May / 1830'.

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: 000-180-002-398-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 879
Date: 1830
May 1830
Material: Plaster. Inscription: Block / 24 May / 1830
Dimensions: 255 mm D x 59 mm Depth
What: Plaster block mould
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Charles Belfield's Pottery, Prestonpans (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Plaster mould for the upper surface of a circular plate, with relief basket weave pattern and a scalloped edge, by Charles Belfield's Pottery, Prestonpans
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