This is a great example of early 20th century Carlton Ware: a beautifully shaped biscuit barrel with silver plate lid and handle. In the late 1800s, Wiltshaw & Robinson (Carlton Ware) introduced a range of pottery pieces which are now called Blushware due to the delicate pastel backgrounds used. This biscuit barrel features the pattern “Roses and Curliques.” The shape is unusual and adds a lot of interest to this beautiful piece. Hand painted yellow, pink and purple flowers and leaves grace both sides of the barrel. The top edge is painted in cobalt blue detailed with a gold pattern.. The shoulder has an embossed pattern. The collar, flat lid and lovely handle are, we believe, silver plate. The lid and collar are stamped with N S with a symbol between the letters that could be a bird. We have not been able to identify this mark, and since it doesn’t include an assayer’s mark we believe it is plate rather than sterling.
The back stamp on the base includes the registration number 474416, which dates this to 1906. This really is a lovely piece of early pottery, made by one of the great potteries in Britain.
SIZE: Height is about 6 3/4" to the top of the finial (with the handle down). At the shoulder, diameter is 6 3/4".
CONDITION: Condition is excellent. There is a tiny nick at the bottom edge. Otherwise, there are no chips, scratches or cracks. The paint and gold trim are in excellent condition, with just some minor wear. A previous owner glued felt circles on the base which could be removed if desired. The metal lid and handle are also in excellent condition.