Rare Edwardian White Ironstone Ham Stand by Herbert & Sons Smithfield

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A wonderful example of a rare Edwardian white ironstone ham stand, made by the weighing machine manufacturers Herbert & Sons in the early 1900s.

This is a fine example of an antique ironstone ham stand. Ceramic ham stands were commonly used in shops in the Victorian and Edwardian period to display the meats and hams that provision, grocers and butchers shops had available for sale.

Although the primary business of Herbert & Sons was the production of scales, they also produced other outfitting goods shops might need, including these ceramic ham stands. The base of the ham stand features their logo and maker’s mark in very clear black transfer print. It reads:

“Herbert & Sons Limited. Weighing Machine Manufacturers. 6 & 7 West Smithfield London E.C.1.”

The typography used really stands out through the use of shading in a scrolled banner. The mark also features great detail in the Justice & Strength lion and scales trademark logo.

This ham stand is in mint condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing. The only signs of age are a few very small marks to the glaze, and some surface nibbles to the base rim which is unglazed. However, these are barely noticeable and it would look fantastic on display this way up, showing off the impressive advertising logos used at the time in Edwardian Britain.

Height, 19cm; Width, 19cm

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