A fine example of a Measham Bargeware teapot treacle glazed in a rich chocolate color with cover, inscribed “A Present to Mr. & Mrs. Fowkes, 1884” on the front oval panel, and decorated with a foliate ground. Notice the fancy teapot finial or knop on the cover. Measham pottery (or barge ware as it is often called) was not actually made there, but in nearby Church Gresley, primarily by Mason, Cash & Co with smaller manufacturers in Woodville and Swadlincote. It was extensively marketed through a shop on Measham High Street owned by a Mrs Ann Bonas and being close to the canal bridge was favored by passing bargees who were able order a piece and collect the personalized gift on their return journey. Excellent overall condition, with minimal imperfections, and expected wear from age and use. Some glaze marks around the base rim. Dimensions: 11 ¾” h x 11” w at handle.
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