A small, stoneware dairy cream pot with a brown glazed top, from early 20th century Britain. Second-hand.
What's for sale?
This is a small, stoneware pot used for selling cream by Hailwood's Creamery of Salford, Manchester, in England. This is the smallest size they used. They had several designs and variations, most notably those with the brown band at the top and those without.
The print reads from top to bottom:
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.
In Britain, similar pots were produced in large numbers for dairies until at least the 1930s. A variety of shapes and sizes were used and they would nearly always be branded uniquely for each dairy.
These were meant to be used and thrown away and so were crudely made. Most will have faults to some degree, including pitting, rough patches and smudged colours. And many of those around today will have been dug up from old refuse tips.
What condition is it in?
- In good condition
- The body is undamaged
- The glaze is heavily crazed around the bottom and on the back
- The is a drip of brown glaze on the back
- The black print is a little smudged, noticeably on the smaller letters and the cow's muzzle
What are the measurements?
- 7.5cm high (3 inches)
- 5.2cm widest diameter (2 inches)
- 146 grams
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