Geoffrey Enticott will talk about his interest in collecting pot lids. Long admired for their technical and historical record, pot lids rank among the most desirable everyday items from the Victorian eras.
A pottery owner, Felix Pratt, was the first to spot the opportunity to market a range of products using coloured lids to embellish the packaging. Pratt developed a new process of “underglaze” printing very similar to that used for the Baxter Prints of the same period.
The earliest of these coloured lids were made to promote bear grease for gentlemen's hair (the Brilliantine of the day!) with various pictures of bears on the lids.
The Pratt lids were used to market a wide and varied range of products including bear grease, gentleman's relish, potted shrimps, fish paste, foodstuffs, ladies perfumes and toiletries. The lids feature a wide range of themes including Pegwell Bay, London scenes, famous people of the time, Shakespeare, Crimean War, Exhibitions, dogs and other animals and old English pastimes and scenes. The quality of the pictures and the colours make these lids extremely collectable and Geoff will bring a selection of the lids to show at the talk.
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