Tea plate

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

Postcard of Tea plate.
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Tea plate

This transfer-printed earthenware tea plate was made by the Clyde Pottery Company of Greenock in Renfrewshire. It dates from between 1863 and 1900 and is marked 'C.P. Co.'

The pattern is called 'MAYFLOWER'. A sailing ship can be seen in a small circle in the centre of the plate and in three others around the border. J. & M.P. Bell & Company of Glasgow also produced a pattern with this title.

A pottery at Greenock was established in 1815 under the title of 'The Clyde Pottery Company'. It was run by Thomas Shirley & Co from the 1840s until 1857. Thereafter, it continued as the Clyde Pottery Company Ltd until 1863. From then until 1900 it was known as the Clyde Pottery Company and from 1900 until its closure in 1905, it reverted back to Clyde Pottery Company Ltd.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-388-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1061
Date: Between 1863 and 1900
Material: Inscription: C P & Coy
Dimensions: 25 mm H x 210 mm rim D
What: Plate, tea
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clyde Pottery, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Tea plate with Mayflower pattern, by Clyde Pottery of Glasgow
  • Boa V, Denholm P, Quail G. The Clyde Pottery. Greenock 1860-1905. Inverclyde District Libraries: 1987 
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