Rare Antique Edwardian White Ironstone English Advertising Pot – Fortnum & Mason Caviar Jar with Sturgeon Transfer
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 and clean condition, this pot does bear some marks from its time underground. There is mild crazing all over the pot and it’s lid. The lid is also a very slightly darker shade than the base and there is also a small firing fault on the side of the lid.
Most notably, there is a chip to the base rim of the pot just by the sturgeon’s tail. As this is clean, it is not overly notable and so does not detract from this still being a beautiful display piece.
Diameter, 7cm; Height, 6.25cm
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