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Invalid cup

An invalid cup was used for feeding those too sick or unable to feed themselves. This transfer-printed earthenware example has a spout for feeding and a flat cover. It dates from the 19th century.

The pattern is a variation of the design 'TRIUMPHAL CAR'. It shows a woman in a chariot drawn by two lionesses. Two women playing musical instruments are heading the procession. The cover has a deep border of naturalistic flower heads and leaves.

This pattern was one of the most popular produced by J. & M.P.Bell of Glasgow. It was also produce by James Jamieson of Bo'ness in West Lothian and John Thomson of Glasgow.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-855-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 206 A
Date: 19th century
Material: Cream glazed earthenware
Dimensions: 65 mm H x 55 mm D (base) x 95 mm D (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Description: Invalid cup of cream glazed earthenware, with sides curving out from a short circular foot to a plain rim, an applied geometric handle, a spout for feeding and a flat cover, 19th century
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