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Jug: GL.C.46-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Lucas's Pottery
Potter: Lucas, Mary




Red earthenware, the front smeared with white clay with incised and impressed decoration under yellow lead glaze flecked with dark brown. Pear-shaped body with reeding round the middle. Wide neck pinched into a lip in front, and a loop handle with longitudianal ridge, and three thumb impressions at the base. Incised on the front is the name and date 'Henry Paton (?) Ely July (?) 18 1836'. Impressed, to the right, is the mark 'M LUCAS ELY'.


History note: Mr Wordingham, Ely, from whom purchased on 18 December 1925, for £1 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ely ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
William IV
Production date: AD 1836 : dated


The Lucas family's pottery operated in Ely between 1783 and about 1839. Richard Lucas I (1853-1812) ran the potter from 1783 until his death. His son John Race Lucas took over and ran the pottery until his death in 1821. His mother Mary, then took over and is listed in local directories of 1823-39 as working in the Annesdale area of Ely. She died in 1839.

The name on the jug is indistinct and was read by Dr Glaisher as Henry Parsons, and by Rackham (1935), as Paton. There was a local boatwright named Henry Parsons, whose wife, Mary, was recorded as in conflict with Mary Lucas's competitor, Robert Sibley. In 1840 Mary Parsons was charged with trespassing in Sibley's garden and damaging his potatoes.

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: indistinct name

  • Text: Henry Paton Ely July 18 1836
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: M LUCAS ELY
  • Location: To the right of the front
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GL.C.46-1928
Primary reference Number: 77070
Old object number: 4880
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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