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Hand-warmer in the form of two books: C.1326-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Hand-warmer in the form of two books


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware tin-glazed and painted in blue. Constructed in the form of two hollow books with an opening at the top of one of them. There are two interconnecting holes between the two books and a small hole in the upper corner of one outer cover. The outer covers are decorated with a lozenge enclosing two fleur-de-lys on either side of three vertical lines. In the corners outside the lozenges there are stylized leaves. IONE ELEXANDRE HER/BOOKE’ is painted on one fore-edge and one end.


History note: Mr Stoner (probably Frank), London from whom bought for £8 on 10 May, 1912 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 7.8 cm
Height: 10.7 cm
Height: 4 3/16 in
Width: 6.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Circa 1670 CE - 1680 CE


Only one other hand-warmer in the form of two books is known. It was probably made in London or at the Brislington pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts or slab-built, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On fore-edge and end
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1326-1928
Primary reference Number: 71818
Old object number: 3447
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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