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Miniature mouse, with Aberdeen coat of arms

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made in Glasgow

Miniature mouse, with Aberdeen coat of arms
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This porcelain miniature mouse is decorated with the Aberdeen coat of arms. 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 shield containing three castles. The shield is flanked by two leopards. The three castles are said to refer to the three fortified mounts on which the city had its origin - Castle Hill, Port Hill and St Catherine's Hill. The motto underneath the arms is 'BON ACCORD'.

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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