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Flask: C.1232-1928

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Unidentified Nottingham pottery (Maker)


Brown salt-glazed stoneware with rouletted and incised decoration, and on one side, the incised name and date 'Joseph/Poyne/1723'.

Brown salt-glazed stoneware, moulded, rouletted and incised. The circular flask has flat sides and a short cylindrical neck at the top closed by a cork. One side is incised with the name and date 'Joseph/Poyne/1723', and has a border of rouletted radiating lines. The other side a plain centre, surrounded by two sets of three concentric circles with a space between them, another plain area, and a similar rouletted border.


History note: Edward Sheldon, 12 St Paul's Road, Kersal, Salford, Manchester from whom purchased for £5 on August 24, 1928 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nottingham ⪼ Nottinghamshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
George I
Production date: dated AD 1723


This flask bears a man's name and was probably used for a spirit, such as gin, or rum. There is a possibility that it was one of an exchange of gifts, because a flask closely resembling it is inscribed 'My Love is pure and shall Endure 'around 'JB/1723', which probably indicates a gift from a man to a woman.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1232-1928
Primary reference Number: 71635
Old object number: 5089
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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