Miniature cup, with Denny & Dunipace coat of arms

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Miniature cup, with Denny & Dunipace coat of arms

This porcelain miniature cup is decorated with the coat of arms of Denny and Dunipace. 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 Angel of Peace in the centre of the arms sits in the middle of a bridge which unites the two divisions of the burgh. On the left side is a representation of Mount Vesuvius and the hammer and anvil of Vulcan. This represents the mining and iron industries in the area. To the right are papyrus plants which represent the paper-making industries. The scroll in front of the Angel reads 'FOR GOD & THE PEOPLE'.

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: 000-180-001-959-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.766 A
Date: Between around 1900 and 1910
Material: Porcelain. Inscription: [Denny and Dunipace arms]; For God and the People; mark: Nautilus [ship] 1 Porcelain
Dimensions: 40 mm H x 45 mm D
What: Cup, miniature / souvenir
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Scotland, Stirlingshire, Denny and Dunipace
Description: Porcelain cup with the coat of arms of Denny and Dunipace, 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. 
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