Milk jug

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made in Torquay, Devon

Postcard of Milk jug.
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Milk jug

This earthenware milk jug was made as a souvenir from Stonehaven by the Longpark Pottery in Torquay in Devon between around 1920 and 1957. It is an example of 'motto ware'.

The side of the jug is inscribed, 'Frae Stonehaven/Ilka dog has his/day'.

'Motto ware' is believed to have originated in the late nineteenth century at the Aller Vale Pottery, between Torquay and Newton Abbot. The decisive role in its development, however, was played by the Brewer brothers who ran the Longpark Pottery outside Torquay. Their main 'bread and butter' products were small decorative earthenware items inscribed with sayings or mottos. These were made between around 1900 and the 1950s or early 1960s. For items destined for Scotland they used a 'Scots' dialect. Longpark Pottery closed in 1957.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-064-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.294.1
Date: Between around 1920 and 1957
Material: Pottery. Inscription: Frae Stonehaven
What: Pottery / part
Where: England, Devon, Torquay
Scotland, Stonehaven
Description: Part of souvenir pottery marked `Frae Stonehaven`: English, Devon, Torquay
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 66-7. 
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