Ceremonial gavel (1 of 2)

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Postcard of Ceremonial gavel (1 of 2).
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Ceremonial gavel (1 of 2)

A gavel is a small mallet rapped on the table to call for attention or silence. This shows one side of a ceremonial earthenware gavel, made by the Britannia Pottery Company in Glasgow. It is dated 1867.

The inscription painted on this side reads, 'Britannia Pottery'.

By the middle of the 19th century the Clyde basin was undoubtedly the heartland of the Scottish pottery industry with several of the biggest firms such as J & M P Bell and Robert Cochran's Verreville and Britannia potteries.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-613-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.907
Date: 1867
Around 1867
Material: Earthenware head and painted wood handle. Inscription: December / 21st 1867; Britannia Pottery
Dimensions: 230 mm L overall; head 50 mm W x 28 mm D
What: Gavel, ceremonial
Who: Britannia Pottery, Scotland (Maker)
Description: Ceremonial earthenware gavel with ceramic head painted with the date 'December 21st 1867', made by Britannia Pottery
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