Antique Staffordshire Prattware pot lid shrimpers. This well colored lid depicts a scene from Pegwell Bay where the pots were used to sell local fishing products. This pot lid features four children who are shrimping. It was produced by the Pratt factory and is a watercolor by Jesse Austin. Jesse copied a painting called ‘The Young Shrimpers’ by W. Collins, R.A. There are three huts to the left of the children.
During the 19th century, English potable goods such as potted meats were housed in wonderful ceramic jars or pots that featured beautiful lithograph lids. These lids were in wide use in 1840 as a marketing tool to help sell what they housed. They contained a wide variety of products from Bears Grease for your hair to fish pastes, potted meat, and chocolate paste to cherry toothpaste. These wonderful ceramics were prized and collected over the years and have been collectively known as pot lids. They are often framed and usually found as the lid only. These are a fun collectible especially for those that enjoy beautiful, colorful lithography.
There are two chips to the underside of the rim and two hairline cracks that can be seen on the edges to the underside. These defects can not be seen when looking at the lid. There is some crazing primarily to backside of lid and a sticker that reads ‘Prattware’. It is in good typical condition for a lid.
Date: Circa 1860
Size: Approximately 4 inches in diameter
Condition: Two small chips under rim. Some crazing primarily on underside of lid. Two small hairlines on backside of edge. Well colored. Please see photos. Well colored.
Reference: Pot-Lids and Other Coloured Printed Staffordshire Wares by K.V. Mortimer
Antique Prattware Pot Lid Shrimpers Circa 1860