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Post by Essenjay on August 14th 2017, 10:39 pm

Here's a bit of an oddity - a bowl commemorating the 1905 Appleby by-election. Sadly, it's unmarked but my immediate thought was Claypits / Ewenny because of the dark clay and mottled blue glaze. I would have thought that it made more sense to commission a more local pottery but my knowledge of country potteries of the North at the turn of the twentieth century is a bit sketchy. Any thoughts, please?






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Post by NaomiM on August 15th 2017, 1:07 am

Could be Ewenny, or possibly Brannam / Baron Barnstaple

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Post by NaomiM on August 15th 2017, 10:41 am

But the election was for a seat in Cumbria which points to a Scottish Pottery

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Post by denbydump on August 15th 2017, 6:59 pm

Unusual for the decoration to be under the base whoever did it.

How about nearby Cumnock?
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Re: 1905 by-election bowl

Post by Essenjay on August 15th 2017, 10:18 pm

The Welsh connection is pretty good, isn't it, and the very dark clay certainly looks like Ewenny / Claypits. The proximity of Cumnock and the fact that they mainly produced motto pieces is also a strong consideration.

So what do I do with it now - eBay or an auction that has a political memorabilia sale? Shrugs
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Post by NaomiM on August 15th 2017, 10:51 pm

Tricky one. List it as motto ware or date-lined- or studio pottery?

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Post by Mordeep on August 17th 2017, 7:15 am

It's not a glaze I have seen on any of the Barnstable potteries although the script is similar to some I have seen on baron Barnstable. But taking it for what it is then it must have been made close to Appleby. I can't imagine it was made 281 miles away by Ewenny in Bridgend or any of the southern potteries. A country made bit of political history, probably made in very low numbers straight after the win.

But if it was my item I would ask these people below to see if any potteries existed in the town back then. Could give you a name.
http://www.appleby-in-westmorland-society.org.uk/

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Post by Essenjay on August 17th 2017, 5:39 pm

Splendid advice, MD! I shall contact them forthwith. Thanks for the input, everyone.
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