Chamber pot (1 of 2)

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found off Island of Scatisay, East Loch Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides probably made in Glasgow

Postcard of Chamber pot (1 of 2).
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Chamber pot (1 of 2)

This glazed earthenware chamber pot was dredged up by the fishing boat 'Hopeful' off the Island of Scatisay in East Loch Tarbert in Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It was probably made by A. Sneddon & Sons Ltd of Glasgow and dates from the early 20th century.

The transfer-printed stamp on the body of the chamber pot is of 'D. MACBRAYNE LTD'. The base is inscribed 'A SNEDDON & SONS LTD/GLASGOW'. A. Sneddon & Sons were china, glass and earthenware dealers based at 130 Clyde Street, Glasgow.

David MacBrayne (1818-1907) was born in Glasgow into a well established shipping family. Originally trained as a shipping clerk, he inherited his uncles' steamship company. From this, he constructed a larger fleet which eventually monopolised traffic to the Western Isles.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-028-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 878
Date: Early 20th century
Material: Cream glazed earthenware. Inscription: D MACBRAYNE LTD; base: A SNEDDON & SONS LTD / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 140 mm H x 114 mm D (base) x 198 mm D (rim)
What: Chamber pot
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: A. Sneddon and Sons Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
D. MacBrayne Ltd (Printed on the chamber pot)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Cream glazed earthenware chamber pot transfer-printed in blue, found off the island of Scatisay, probably made by A. Sneddon and Sons Ltd of Glasgow, early 20th century
  • Keay, J. & J. (eds). Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994, pp 644-5. 
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