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Miniature pig, with Inveraray coat of arms

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made in Glasgow

Miniature pig, with Inveraray coat of arms
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This porcelain miniature pig is decorated with the Inveraray 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 five swimming herring on an heraldic shield. Inveraray's principal industry used to be herring fishing in Loch Fyne. The Latin motto underneath the arms reads 'SEMPER TIBI PENDEAT HALEC'.

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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