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Punch bowl, made at Portobello, Midlothian

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Punch bowl, made at Portobello, Midlothian
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This creamware punch bowl was made in 1825, probably at Thomas Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian.

The bowl is hand painted with a whaling ship and the words 'Success to the Whale Fishers / George & Janet Thomson 1825'. Thomson was the master of an Aberdeen whaler, the 'Bonnycord'.

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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