Hailwood's Dairy Manchester Medium Cream Pot

A medium sized, stoneware dairy cream pot with a brown glazed top, from early 20th century Britain. Second-hand.
Availability: 1 in stock
Stock ID: 1122

What's for sale?

This is a medium sized, stoneware bottle or pot, used for selling cream by Hailwood's Creamery of Salford, Manchester, England. There were several variations in appearance, most notably those which a brown band at the top and those without.

The print reads from top to bottom:

  • rich
  • registered (printed on the cow)
  • cream

Hailwood's refers to Anthony Hailwood, the first British producer to make sterilized milk. The Creamery, in Deane Street, was purpose built for him around 1891 and proved to be a great success, using milk from all over Cheshire as well as that from his own farm.

Similar pots were produced in large numbers for dairies throughout Britain, until at least the 1930s. A wide range of shapes and sizes were used and they would nearly always carry some sort of unique branding for the dairy.

Stoneware packaging was intended to be used and thrown away and was therefore crudely made. Most will have faults, including pitting, rough patches and smudged colours. Many of those around today will have been dug up from old refuse tips.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In good condition
  • One part of the rim is deformed, perhaps by a thumb during manufacture
  • The body is otherwise undamaged
  • The glaze is slightly uneven
  • There is an ink mark under the glaze at the back of the pot
  • The black ink of the cow has been smudged

What are the measurements?

  • 9.5cm high (3.75 inches)
  • 6.5cm widest diameter (2.5 inches)
  • 302 grams

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Item Attributes
Attribute nameAttribute value
PeriodEarly 20th century (1900-1949)