Genuine Victorian Transfer Printed MIRACLE CURE Pot ~ Crock
CLARKS 'S MIRACULOUS SALVE
Lincoln, England c. 1880
This is a fabulous tiny little transferware ointment pot or crock, circa 1880, was salvaged from a Victorian rubbish tip in England. It once contained Clarke's miraculous salve, advertised as the cure for ulcerated bad legs, boils, abscesses, eczema and all skin eruptions! This ointment was made and sold by "Doctor" Clarke, a well known "snake oil" salesmen in Britain. The product was shear quackery, but the Doctor did right well for himself.
The crock was made in the Staffordshire district and is transfer printed in black. The name of the product and the boastful claims the salve makes are printed around the pot. The tiny crock stands a mere 1 1/2" tall and 2 " wide. It is thinly potted with a precision cut rim and crisp, finely applied transfer. It is in excellent 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 .