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Miniature jug, with shield of Mossel Bay

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made in Glasgow

Miniature jug, with shield of Mossel Bay
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This porcelain miniature jug is decorated with the shield of Mossel Bay. 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 four-segment shield depicting blind justice, a hanging dog, three fish and King Neptune. The motto below is 'BY RIGHT AND JUSTICE WE PREVAIL'.

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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