Bowl, for porridge

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probably made in Cumnock, Ayrshire

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Bowl, for porridge

This shows the interior of an unmarked slipware bowl which dates from the second half of 19th century. The bowl was intended to be used for porridge and was probably made by the Cumnock Pottery in Ayrshire.

The interior is inscribed 'Keep yer braith tae cule yer parritch'

As well as being eaten from a bowl, porridge was often used as a travelling 'piece', as an alternative to scones or 'bannocks'. The cooked porridge was poured into a special tray or 'porridge-drawer'. Once cool, it was sliced and could be kept as a snack.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-861-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 248
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Slipware. Inscription: Keep yer braith tae cule yer parritch
Dimensions: 50 mm H x 155 mm D x 90 mm D (base)
What: Bowl
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Cumnock Pottery (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire
Description: Shallow slipware bowl, brown outside and cream inside, with the inscription 'keep yer braith tae cule yer parritch' round the inside base, probably made by the Cumnock Pottery, Ayrshire, 1850 - 1900
  • Keay, J. & J. (eds). Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994, p 744. 
  • Quail, G. The Cumnock Pottery. Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: 1993. 
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