Loving cup commemorating Robert Burns

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Loving cup commemorating Robert Burns

A loving cup is a large drinking cup with two handles. This earthenware example commemorates Robert Burns. It was made around 1900 by the Clyde Pottery Company Ltd at Greenock. The company was originally established in 1816.

The side of the cup bears a print of Burns' cottage at Alloway in Ayrshire. The cottage was his birthplace and became something of a shrine in the 19th century.

The Clyde basin, like the Forth, was a natural location for the pottery industry, with a ready supply of coal, a growing market and good transport links.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-385-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1058
Date: Around 1900
Material: Inscription: C P & Co Ltd
Dimensions: 95 mm H x 145 mm max W x 88 mm rim D
What: Mug
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clyde Pottery, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Two-handled mug showing Burns' Cottage, by Clyde Pottery of Glasgow
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