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Salt: C.40.191-1928

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Possibly unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Buff earthenware tin-glazed salt, painted in blue, red, and green. Of captstan form with an everted rim, and a circular depression for the salt in the top. The sides are decorated with scattered stylized leaves and flowers, and there is a border of scallops striped in red round the rim.
The whole surface has a bluff glaze that has been discoloured by burial


History note: The salt was probably found in Mill Lane, Cambridge, in 1902. It is not known how it came into the possession of the testator, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J.W.L.


Early 18th Century
George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1730 CE


The origin of this salt is uncertain. It could have been made in London or Brislington or Bristol.

Components of the work

Top Width 6 cm

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Mill Lane/1902
  • Location: On underside
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in red ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.40.191-1928
Primary reference Number: 137872
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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