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Miniature vase, with Lasswade coat of arms

This porcelain miniature vase is decorated with the Lasswade 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 a hawthorn tree with the motto 'FLOREAT' below. Lasswade is said to mean 'valley of the white thorn'. The town is situated in the valley of the North Esk and in olden times the valley slopes were covered with white hawthorn.

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: 000-180-001-968-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.805
Date: Between around 1900 and 1910
Material: Porcelain. Inscription: [Lasswade coat of arms (tree)] Floreat Lasswade; mark: Nautilus [ship] Porcelain 19
Dimensions: 50 mm H x 40 mm W
What: Vase, miniature / souvenir
Subject:
Who: Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Possil Park
Scotland, Midlothian, Lasswade
Event:
Description: Porcelain vase with the coat of arms of Lasswade, Midlothian, made by the Nautilus Porcelain Company, Possil Park, Glasgow
References:
  • 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 189. 
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