Antique Prattware English pottery jar with registry mark 1856. This pottery jar is a rich dark terra cotta color with a black/grey highly detailed transferware scene of men and women on horseback jumping fences with hunting dogs and a tree. The pottery feels very smooth to the touch. It has a lipped rim. These English jars were used to contain fish and meat pastes. The jars are never found with their original lids because they were sealed with cork, then covered with oiled cloth or paper and then fastened to the jar with a string. These jars are often found damaged.
This jar has an English Registry mark which tells us its history. The Rd in the middle of the mark means registered. The roman numeral IV at the top means the type of material used, in this case ceramic. The number to the right of the Rd mark is the day of the month, this jar was produced. The letter to the left of the Rd mark is the month this jar was produced, R which stands for August. The letter above the Rd mark is the year, L which stands for 1856 and the number below the Rd mark, 5 equates to its parcel number. So the registry mark on this particular jar is for August 19, 1856. The jar also has an old antique shop sticker with the translation of the registry mark.
Date: August 19, 1856
Marks: English Registry mark on base for August 19, 1856
Size: 4 Inches tall, approximately 2 1/4 inches wide at base
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs
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