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probably made in Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Bowl.
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This cream glazed earthenware bowl was probably made by Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from around 1815 and is inscribed, 'Waterloo', a reference to the battle of Waterloo which took place in that year.

Underneath the inscription is a painted Highland military bonnet.

From 1750 onwards large scale potteries began to appear along the Firth of Forth coastline. Individual factories' fortunes fluctuated over the years but the area remained a significant centre until the 1930s. The last pottery in Portobello moved out only in the early 1970s.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-410-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1992.20
Date: Around 1815
c. 1815 - 1820
Material: Earthenware, cream glazed; overpainted in russet, blue and green. Inscription: Waterloo [over a military bonnet]
Dimensions: 65 mm H x 140 mm D
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Rathbone's Pottery ?, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Description: Small bowl of cream glazed earthenware, overpainted in russet, blue and green, inscribed Waterloo, and probably made by Rathone's Pottery, Portobello, c. 1815 - 1820
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