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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2009,8024.1

  • Description

    Toast-water pot and cover, earthenware, thrown, pale bluish glaze, the cylindrical body rising from the flared lower part, scroll handle, moulded spout terminating in an acanthus motif, moulded beaded decoration near the rim and on the rim of the domed cover which is ornamented with ten applied moulded daisy motifs and surmounted by a flat knop with a nipple-like button,decorated with a black print on each side showing a black man in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse and on other side a black woman in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse. Marked.

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  • Date

    • 1820-1840
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 18 centimetres (max width - spout to handle)
    • Depth: 12 centimetres (front to back)
    • Height: 17 centimetres (with lid)
    • Height: 14 centimetres (without lid)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        retailer's mark
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Content

        Manufactured/for/Mrs R Brandon/Kingston/Jamaica
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in black within a border of semicircles
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        above and below print of black man
      • Inscription Language

        Jamaican Creole
      • Inscription Content

        Me take me road da cane piece, de nigga dem da run
        An all come behind me, get de fum fum
        Wid me centung da me back, chacolata da ma pan,
        Me da mash putto putto, me da tink pon Quacco Sam,
        Wid me ring ding &c
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        above and below black woman
      • Inscription Language

        Jamaican Creole
      • Inscription Content

        Me hab me regan gown - me hab me gingham coat,
        Hankecha me tie me head, tanky massa, the my treat,
        And da **rra mo me wanty, me hab ma junka fan.
        Fe de go da Berry Hill, fe go see Quaco Sam
        Wid me ring ding &c
  • Curator's comments

    A plate printed with the male figure in the centre and a moulded alphabetical border is illustrated in B. Lalla and J. D'Costa, "Language in Exile, three hundred years of Jamaican Creole" University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa and London, (1990), p.144, pl.3, in National Library of Jamaica

    Toast-water was drunk in the early 19th century for medicinal purposes.

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  • Bibliography

    • Pendergast 2012 p. 36, fig. 18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G47/dc7

  • Condition

    glaze heavily crazed, knop damaged, strainer damaged, crack to spout, chip to rim of cover

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2009

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in a small auction in Surrey around November 2008

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2009,8024.1

Coffee-pot and cover, earthenware, thrown, pale bluish glaze, the cylindrical body rising from the flared lower part, scroll handle, moulded spout terminating in an acanthus motif, moulded beaded decoration near the rim and on the rim of the domed cover which is ornamented with ten applied moulded daisy motifs and surmounted by a flat knop with a nipple-like button. The coffee-pot is decorated with a black print on each side showing a black man in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse and on other side a black woman in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse. Marked.

Coffee-pot and cover, earthenware, thrown, pale bluish glaze, the cylindrical body rising from the flared lower part, scroll handle, moulded spout terminating in an acanthus motif, moulded beaded decoration near the rim and on the rim of the domed cover which is ornamented with ten applied moulded daisy motifs and surmounted by a flat knop with a nipple-like button. The coffee-pot is decorated with a black print on each side showing a black man in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse and on other side a black woman in fine clothes in a landscape with a verse. Marked.

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