Torquay pottery is a general term used to describe pieces made by one of the many potteries around Torquay in the county of Devon, England. This area was a vacation spot for many during the late 1800s and into the 1900s; much of the pottery made was created with tourists in mind. Motto ware was especially popular. This is a fun example with the saying: “Send us a scrape o’ yer pen”. Below the motto is a nice border in greens and browns. This inkwell still has its lid or stopper, which is unusual. The base is glazed and is not marked.
SIZE: The inkwell is about 2 3/4” tall (to the top of the lid finial) and has a diameter of just under 3” at the base.
CONDITION: There is glaze crazing, which is typical of early pottery. There are two tiny spots (pin prick sized) that were most likely glaze bubbles which popped and now appear white. There are no cracks or chips in the pottery.
Torquay Mottoware Inkwell with Lid