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made in Cumnock, Ayrshire

Postcard of Bowl.
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This redware bowl was made by the Cumnock Pottery in Ayrshire. It dates from around 1900.

The motto 'DINNA BE WASTERFU AN YE'LL NO COME TAE WANT', is scratched through the glaze on the sides of the bowl. The base is also scratched 'CUMNOCK/NB'.

A pottery was originally established in Cumnock by James Taylor in 1792. In the second half of the 19th century it became well known for its 'couthy' motto ware.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-614-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.908
Date: Around 1900
c. 1900
Material: Redware ceramic with brown and cream glaze. Inscription: Dinna be wasterfu an ye'll no come to want; base mark: Cumnock / NB
Dimensions: 35 mm H x 125 mm rim D
Who: Cumnock Pottery, Cumnock (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Cumnock
Description: Redware bowl with motto scratched through brown and cream glaze and 'Cumnock' scratched on the base
  • Quail, G. The Cumnock Pottery. Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: 1993. 
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