Miniature cup, with Dunbar coat of arms

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Miniature cup, with Dunbar coat of arms

This porcelain miniature cup is decorated with the Dunbar 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 show a castle frontage, representing Dunbar Castle, displayed on an heraldic shield. Dunbar Castle is mentioned as early as 835, when it was given by King Kenneth I of Scotland to a warrior called Bar. It was destroyed in 1567.

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: 000-180-001-960-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.770
Date: Between around 1900 and 1910
Material: Porcelain. Inscription: [Dunbar arms (castle)]; mark: Nautilus [ship] Porcelain
Dimensions: 40 mm H x 45 mm D
What: Cup, miniature / souvenir
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Dunbar
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Description: Porcelain cup with the coat of arms of Dunbar, 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 98. 
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