Rare Miniature English Advertising Pot – Beach & Barnicott Poor Man’s Friend Ointment
This is a listing for a small Victorian white ironstone English advertising pot for Poor Man’s Friend ointment.
Dating from around 1900, this antique pot has wonderful blue transfer print text on both sides. The front has the name of the product and it’s price, and the text on the back reads: “Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott Successors to the Late Dr Roberts, Bridport.
The ointment was intended to relieve skin conditions and itchy rashes, and was a forerunner to products which can be found in the shops in modern times.
As ointment pots were discarded with common waste at the time, and have more recently been dug up from Victorian dumping grounds, they often have discoloration and chips. However, this adds to their charm as highly decorative, weathered and chippy pieces.
This pot has a wonderful timeworn charm, with a rich patina from the time it has been underground. However, overall it is in good condition, with no cracks. There is a very small chip to the top rim but this isn’t overly notable given the wear and colouring of the piece. There is some slight fading to the text on one side.
Height, 3.5cm; Width, 4.5cm
UK delivery included; international delivery £20 maximum depending on location.