Miniature ewer, with Arbroath coat of arms

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Miniature ewer, with Arbroath coat of arms

This porcelain miniature ewer is decorated with the Arbroath 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 with a portcullis, said to have been the entrance to Arbroath Abbey. Supporting the shield on the left is St Thomas à Becket and on the right is a Scottish baron. They are standing among Scottish thistles. The motto 'PROPTER LIBERTATEM' translates as 'For Liberty'. The arms refers to 1320 when the Scottish Estates struggled with Pope John XXII over the claim of kingship by Robert the Bruce.

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: 000-180-001-954-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.746
Date: Between around 1900 and 1910
Material: Porcelain. Inscription: [Arbroath coat of arms]; mark: Nautilus [ship] Porcelain
Dimensions: 65 mm h x 40 mm W
What: Jug, miniature / souvenir
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Arbroath
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Description: Porcelain jug with coat of arms of Arbroath, made by the Nautilus Porcelain Company, Glasgow
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 52-5. 
  • Porteous, A. The Town Council Seals of Scotland Historical, Legendary and Heraldic. Edinburgh and London: W & A K Johnston, MCMVI, p 17. 
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