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probably made in Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This cream glazed earthenware bowl was probably made by Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from around 1815 and is inscribed, 'Waterloo 42' which refers to the 42nd Highland Regiment which fought at the battle of Waterloo in that year.

Underneath the inscription is a painted Highland military bonnet with red and black hackle or plume.

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: 000-100-104-406-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1991.17
Date: Around 1815
c. 1815 - 1820
Material: Earthenware, cream glazed; painted, overglaze, green, red, black, orange, brown . Inscription: Waterloo 42
Dimensions: 92 mm H x 201 mm D
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Thomas Rathbone ?, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
Description: Commemorative bowl of cream glazed earthenware, overglaze painted with a foliage band and a Highland military bonnet, and inscribed Waterloo 42, probably by Thomas Rathbone, Portobello, c. 1815 - 1820
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