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Miniature vase, with Portobello coat of arms

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made in Glasgow

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000-180-000-062-C
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Miniature vase, with Portobello coat of arms

This porcelain miniature vase is decorated with the coat of arms of Portobello in Midlothian. It was made for the souvenir market by the Nautilus Porcelain Company at the Possil Pottery in Glasgow and dates from between around 1900 and 1910.

The arms consist of a four-segment shield containing two sailing ships and two cannons. The Latin motto on the scroll underneath reads, 'OPE ET CONSILIO'.

Crested china became the most important type of British souvenir between 1900 and 1930. Its invention is credited to William Henry Goss (1833-1906), the owner of the Falcon Works in Stoke-on Trent. The main producer of crested china in Scotland was the Nautilus Porcelain Company, at the Possil Pottery in Glasgow. Run by the china merchants MacDougall & Sons, of 77-79 Buchanan Street, the company produced 'Nautilus' miniatures between around 1900 and 1910. The pottery closed in 1911.


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Online ID: 000-180-000-062-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.825
Date: Between around 1900 and 1910
Material: Porcelain. Inscription: [Portobello coat of arms (two ships and two cannons)] Ope et Consilio; mark: Nautilus M Porcelain
Dimensions: 45 mm H x 40 mm W
What: Vase, miniature / souvenir
Subject:
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Event:
Description: Porcelain vase with handle and the coat of arms of Portobello, Edinburgh, made by the Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow
References:
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 52-5. 
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