Antique English Kent’s “Improved Monroes Patent Egg Beater and Batter Mixer”, c.1868. A fabulous example of the kind of advertising that appeared on utilitarian domestic pottery wares during the Victorian-era industrial period. It is very much of its time: The advertising is both pretty and decorative, whilst at the same time informative, with the manufacturer advertising on the front of the jar, the prize medals awarded to the company for products shown at London’s Great Exhibition. On the back, is advertising for the actual product itself; the “Kent’s egg beater and batter mixer”. The manganese-purple advertising is transfer-printed underneath the glaze. The print is clear and crisp. The jar was constructed from two molded half forms with the molding lines visible. The indentations in the top rim are where the mechanical rotor would have been positioned onto the jar.
Condition: It comes in superb antique condition with very minor wear. This is a excellent and clean example. There is light glaze wear to the top rim and a faint star crack underneath, as shown. No restoration.
Size: Height at front is 7 ¾”. Height at the back is 5 ¾”. Base diameter is 4 ½”.