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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Ashet.
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An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This transfer-printed earthenware example was made by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Company. It dates from between 1842 and 1880.

The pattern is called 'BRACELET'. The ashet's rim is decorated with borders of geometric pattern - beading, rope twist and medallions containing Maltese crosses.

This company, which became one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland, was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. The Glasgow Pottery, or 'Bells' as it was more commonly known, produced a wide range of wares.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-016-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 834
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Grey / white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: BRACELET / J and M P B & Co / JB / 12
Dimensions: 175 mm x 237 mm (base); 275 mm x 335 mm (rim?)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Ashet of grey white transfer-printed earthenware, with a flat rim decorated with borders of geometric pattern, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co., Glasgow, 1842 - 1880
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