Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot

Here is your chance to collect a remarkable piece of history by a potter whose works are found in the Smithsonian (National Museum of American History) and the Maryland Historical Society, as well as private collections across the country. Extraordinary for its size, this lovely chamber pot also has gold gild accents, beautifully painted floral designs on both sides and intricately designed handles. Without its lid, the chamber pot is 9 ¾" tall and has a diameter at the rim of 10". With the lid, it is 12 ¼" tall. It measures 13" handle to handle.

The hand-painted design has sprigs of foliage and bluebells. The chamber pot carries the mark of the Edwin Bennett Pottery Company (Baltimore, Md). The mark is an illustration of the world with a sword piercing it diagonally, used 1890-1897. It has the Latin motto "Bona Fama Est Melior Zona Aurea". A rough translation is "A good reputation is better than gold." The handles have a fluted swirl design with gold accents, and the lid has a pretty embossed scallop design. Gold accents are also found along the bottom of the embossed area near the top rim.

The gold is in very good to excellent condition, particularly near the rim. There is some wear to the gold on the handles. Both the chamber pot and its lid have fine all-over crazing, with the lid's crazing somewhat more pronounced. On the inside at the point of the bottom attachment of one of the handles, there is a small stress crack that does not go through. There is a small chip and a small crack on the underside of the lid (see photos). I believe there may have been gold around the rim on the top; if so, it is worn away.

Item ID: 1111322P02

Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot

Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot
Antique Edwin Bennett Bluebells Chamber Pot, Late 19thC Slop Pot

Here is your chance to collect a remarkable piece of history by a potter whose works are found in the Smithsonian (National Museum of American History) and the Maryland Historical Society, as well as private collections across the country. Extraordinary for its size, this lovely chamber pot also has gold gild accents, beautifully painted floral designs on both sides and intricately designed handles. Without its lid, the chamber pot is 9 ¾" tall and has a diameter at the rim of 10". With the lid, it is 12 ¼" tall. It measures 13" handle to handle.

The hand-painted design has sprigs of foliage and bluebells. The chamber pot carries the mark of the Edwin Bennett Pottery Company (Baltimore, Md). The mark is an illustration of the world with a sword piercing it diagonally, used 1890-1897. It has the Latin motto "Bona Fama Est Melior Zona Aurea". A rough translation is "A good reputation is better than gold." The handles have a fluted swirl design with gold accents, and the lid has a pretty embossed scallop design. Gold accents are also found along the bottom of the embossed area near the top rim.

The gold is in very good to excellent condition, particularly near the rim. There is some wear to the gold on the handles. Both the chamber pot and its lid have fine all-over crazing, with the lid's crazing somewhat more pronounced. On the inside at the point of the bottom attachment of one of the handles, there is a small stress crack that does not go through. There is a small chip and a small crack on the underside of the lid (see photos). I believe there may have been gold around the rim on the top; if so, it is worn away.

Item ID: 1111322P02

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