Soup plate

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made in Bo'ness, West Lothian

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This earthenware soup plate was made in the late 19th or early 20th century by C.W. McNay of Bo'ness in West Lothian.

The plate is transfer-printed with a pattern called 'Delph' which features a scene with a windmill and a cottage by some water.

Good supplies of coal and clay and easy transport by sea meant that the south side of the Firth of Forth was an ideal location for potteries to develop. Small-scale works existed there from the 17th century and larger factories developed from around 1750.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-445-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 851
Date: Late 19th or early 20th century
Material: Blue and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: DELPH (sic) / CW McNAY / BONESS
Dimensions: 100 mm D (base) x 230 mm D (rim)
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: C.W. McNay, Bo'ness (Maker)
Where: Scotland, West Lothian, Bo'ness
Description: Soup plate of blue and white transfer-printed earthenware with a scalloped edge, with a scene in the centre showing a windmill and a cottage by some water, by C.W. McNay of Bo'ness
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