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Shrimp pot and cover

Round lid decorated with a painted scene of a courting couple

F&R Pratt were ceramic manufacturers based at High Street in Fenton. They were established in 1818 and made predominantly earthenwares with printed decoration (like this pot) and some terracotta pieces until the 1930s. Felix Edwards Pratt and his chief engraver, Jesse Austin, made the company into a well noted producer of this type of ware. They were one of the first makers to recognise the commercial viability of polychrome printed wares.

These type of pots were used mainly for creams and pomades (or Bears' Grease) for the hair, as well as shrimp and meat pastes. They were made mostly between 1850 and the 1880s. The designs were applied by transfer and show many different scenes. The pots rarely survive, but the lids were quite often kept and are now collected by people.

The design on the lid pictured above, which is possibly by Jesse Austin, shows two lovers with text around the rim:

'I consent she replied if you promise that no jealous rival shall laugh me to scorn’.

A paper band around the middle of the pot (not shown) reads:

'S. Banger‘s original and unrivalled potted shrimps. Manufactory, Pegwell Bay, nr. Ramsgate, Kent'

Part of the Decorative Art collection at National Museums Liverpool.

  • F&R Pratt, Fenton Staffordshire, about 1850
  • Moulded, underglaze printed earthenware
  • Accession number 57.178.101