Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed CURE ALL Pot ~ Crock
HOLLOWAY'S OINTMENT for the cure of Inveterate Ulcers, Chilblains, Chapped Hands, Insect Bites, Boils, Bad Legs etc.
113 Southwark Street, London c. 1880
This is an earlier version of Holloway's transferware ointment pot or crock, circa 1880, salvaged from a Victorian tip in England. It once contained Holloway's Ointment, advertised as the cure for whatever ails you! This ointment was made and sold by "Professor" Thomas Holloway, the most well known of all the "snake oil" salesmen in Britain. The product was shear quackery, but the Professor was highly successful in aggressive advertising schemes before he died in 1883.
The crock was made in the Staffordshire district and is transfer printed in black. In addition to the name of the product and the boastful claims, the pot contains the trademark image of a woman, holding a snake in her right hand, and wearing Roman robes. At her left knee is a small child holding a banner that proclaims "NEVER DESPAIR".
The tiny crock stands a mere 1 1/2 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It is thinly potted with a precision cut flared rim. It is in great condition.
This diminutive medical piece is wildly amusing, a throwback to a much simpler and goofier time in the world of medicine. The piece will make a great addition to any collection of transfer printed advertising wares or quack medicines .