Antique Edwardian White Ironstone Fortnum & Mason Caviar Pot with Sturgeon Transfer in Black Transfer Print
A rare complete English advertising caviar pot for the world famous Fortnum & Mason’s in Piccadilly, London, from the early 1900s.
This wonderful white ironstone Fortnum & Mason’s caviar pot is a rare Edwardian survivor. Appointed as grocers to the Royal household, the Royal Warrant appears on the lid of this wonderful pot, together with the company’s address. Fortnum & Mason’s is an iconic British brand. Available in a range of sizes, this is one of the smaller pots that would have been available, and is complete with a sturgeon transfer on the base of the pot.
Caviar would only have only been available to purchase at the Piccadilly store and these white ceramic containers were also considered throwaway items. So these little pots are now extremely hard to find. Made by Cauldon, the white ironstone was fairly thick on them, making them quite durable little pots.
This pot was found during excavation of a Victorian dump, where remarkably both the lid and the base of the pot were found. In overall good condition, this pot does bear some marks from its time underground. There are some small patches of staining, and some light patches of crazing which has discolored in places. There are no cracks. Unfortunately, there are two small chips to the rim of the base, one of which is above the sturgeon but which is minimised with the lid on. This doesn’t detract substantially, mainly because the black transfer print on both the lid and the pot is still very clear.
Diameter, 7cm; Height, 6.25cm
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