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Postcard of Bread-crock.
© National Museums Scotland


This glazed earthenware bread-crock with cover was possibly made at Belfield's Pottery at Prestonpans in East Lothian. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The bread-crock is decorated with splashed brown and green glaze. The longer sides of the crock are relief moulded with vases containing fruit.

Belfield's Pottery was established by Charles Belfield in the mid-1830s. By the mid-19th century the pottery was employing between 20 and 40 people. The business remained a family concern and continued until the mid-20th century. Belfield's is best known for high quality earthenware, particularly its Rockingham teapots and coffee pots, maiolica ware and everyday kitchen ware.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-399-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1955.58 A
Date: c. 1835 - 1840
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Heavy earthenware
Dimensions: 16.00" L x 11.50" W
What: Bread-crock cover
Who: Charles Belfield and Sons, Prestonpans (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Slightly domed and perforated cover with rustic handle for oblong heavy earthenware bread-crock, made by Charles Belfield and Sons, Prestonpans, c. 1835 - 1840
  • George Dalgleish (ed), Pots at the 'Pans: The Potteries of Prestonpans, Musselburgh and Portobello. Scottish Mining Museum, 1990 
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