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'Toby' figure pepper pot, probably made at Prestonpans, East Lothian

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'Toby' figure pepper pot, probably made at Prestonpans, East Lothian
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This earthenware pepper pot is part of a cruet set of 'toby' figures probably made at a factory in Prestonpans in East Lothian. The set dates from the early 19th century and also has figures for salt, mustard and vinegar.

Toby figure for pepper, made at Prestonpans

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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