Posts Tagged ‘China’

Pepper Pots

March 18, 2013

At Market Lavington museum we don’t have just any old pepper pots. Like everything else we have, our pepper pots must have a close connection with our parish, past and present. So this includes all of Easterton, Fiddington, the Russell Mill area and even the small area up on Salisbury Plain known as Gore. All these places have, either historically or now, been a part of Market Lavington.

However, the pepper pots we’ll look at today go to the heart of the village, being 100% associated with a building on High Street. This is the Workman’s’ Hall. This hall was built in 1865 as a temperance hall. Folks could use it for eating, entertainment, education and drinking non-alcoholic beverages. The hall had its own crockery, some of which we have seen before on this blog. Here are our pepper pots.

Workman's Hall pepper pots at Market Lavington Museum

Workman’s Hall pepper pots at Market Lavington Museum

These pots, as can be seen, are not in perfect shape and they look capable of delivering enough pepper to cause a mass sneeze! They carry the messages ‘Workman’s Hall’ and ‘Lavington 1865’.

They make a jaunty pair, displayed in our kitchen along with much more of the crockery from the Workman’s Hall

Church Plate

March 8, 2013

Church Plate conjures up images of old silver ware, once used for communion and now stored safely away from light fingered visitors. Well, we have absolutely none of that at Market Lavington Museum. What we do have, just given to the museum, is a plate with an image of the church on it.

Commemorative Plate given to Market Lavington Museum shows the parish church

Commemorative Plate given to Market Lavington Museum shows the parish church

The wording reads, simply, ‘MARKET LAVINGTON  PARISH CHURCH’.

The plate was made by the Argyle company.


Plate manufacturer

The plate even has a price sticker on it.

The plate still has a price sticker on it

The plate still has a price sticker on it

The plate was given in what we think was its original box and packaging. The packaging consists of pages from a ‘Drive’ supplement of the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, dated 1999. That probably gives us our best idea of the date of the plate.

Crockery like this was made and marketed locally several times so we cannot be certain as to age. What we can say is that this plate is in pristine condition.

A Much Travelled Leaf

December 6, 2012

We have featured items which belonged to the Baker family before. John Baker was a tin smith and trader, living and working in the property opposite the Co-op and next to Woodland Yard. He and his wife raised a family there in Victorian times and this  leaf shaped dish was a part of their life in those late Victorian days.

This dish has travelled by land, sea and air from Market Lavington to Canada and back.

There is little to say about the dish. It is clearly leaf shaped and decorated in the blue and white style. The picture depicts a man with his dog. How the Baker family used it, we don’t know. Neither do we know anything regarding the manufacturer or the actual age of the dish. It’s a small dish – about 15 centimetres long.

But it was clearly valued. After John Baker died in 1903, some members of the family decided to emigrate to Canada and the dish went with them – in 1907.

Canada was where the dish stayed for the next 87 years. It was given to the museum in 1994 by a family member on a return visit to the old homeland.

As an interesting thought, when the Baker family emigrated, this dish would have travelled by train and ocean liner. On its return it travelled by aircraft and road transport. So the leaf is well travelled by variety as well as by distance.

By the way, our curator hates the springs and clips that have been used to mount this dish. This method of fastening can cause chipping to the vulnerable edge of china ware.  But it has been like it since 1994 and it may have been like it before – back in Canada. Any new donations of items like this will not be treated in this way, however.

Willow Pattern

November 10, 2012

Aha! Blue decorated plates with a Chinese look to them. That’s willow pattern – a style popular for many years and still available today.

At Market Lavington Museum we have several examples and here’s one of them – an old and somewhat battered plate.

Willow pattern plate, some 25cm in diameter, at Market Lavington Museum

This plate, we believe, dates from the 1880s and was used by the Welch family when they lived at Spring Villa on Church Street in Market Lavington.

We know nothing more about the plate, or its larger and more crazed brother but this one does have an impressed mark on the back.

The embossed mark on the back of the plate. It could be upside down!

Maybe an expert could tell us more about the maker and origins of this plate.

A Bedpan

August 19, 2012

Market Lavington Museum does not have water laid on to it. It never has had this vital fluid, even when it was a lived in cottage, through into the 1950s. It never had a flush toilet and still doesn’t. Visitors need not worry, for we do have access to an adjacent community building which does have these facilities.

But it can remind us, that lack of water and internal flush toilets was the norm within living memory, for older Market Lavington and Easterton residents.

Householders had their emergency items – a potty under the bed which was often called a ‘guzunder’. Nobody wanted to walk down the garden in the middle of the night. Then, for people who were bed ridden, there was the bedpan.

Early 20th century bedpan at Market Lavington Museum

This bed pan dates from the early twentieth century and is clearly a mass produced item. It is a ceramic bedpan, predating enamel or stainless steel devices.

The hollow handle may have been used by urinating men, but its main function was for emptying the contents and washing out the pan.

This bedpan was given to the museum by a White Street (Market Lavington) family.

At the 1953 Coronation

July 11, 2012

Yesterday we featured a photo which included Mr Lawrence Kitchener Cooper as a man in his early 20s. Today we move on 16 years, by which time Lawrie was a married man, approaching the age of 40. He was now behind the camera taking the photos.

The scene is the Davis Field. That name is now all but forgotten. It’s the football field at the top of Northbrook, using land donated by the Davis family who lived on Northbrook.  The year is 1953 and Lawrie Cooper is using his camera to record the fun and games and other happenings at the time of the Coronation of our Queen, Elizabeth II. What we see here is a table, covered in Coronation mugs for the youngsters.

Table of Coronation Mugs in 1953. These are under the watchful eye of Mrs Elisha, the long time infant teacher in Market Lavington

Do you know, we don’t have one of those Coronation mugs in Market Lavington Museum. Has anybody got one they’d  be willing to let us have?

And who is the lady deputed to look after the distribution of mugs. Yes, it’s Mrs Elisha. What a career that lady had. If you talk to people over 90 who have lived in the village all their lives, then Mrs Elisha was their infant teacher. If you talk to sub 40 year olds, then some of them remember Mrs Elisha as a supply teacher. What better person to make sure every child – she’d have known virtually all of them – got their mug.

One mug begets another

March 13, 2012

A couple of days ago we were pleased to have a post about a Lavington Steam Fair commemorative mug. Well, one mug has produced another for us so we now have a pair. Mind you, the two mugs are not identical but they clearly come from the same stable.

This was the original with a distinctive brown colouration.

Lavington Steam Fair Mug, possibly from the 1980s and now at Market Lavington Museum

The new arrival is identical in shape and style, but has blue colouring.

Another mug joins the first at Market Lavington Museum

The Jones family of Easterton were closely involved with these rallies and it was a chance encounter between our curator and members of the family that led to this gift. The family still own their traction engine but it hasn’t been fired up for years. And if you get involved in conversation you can enjoy hearing tales of being a fireman on steam trains – mostly on the line from Salisbury up to London.

Rog, the curator says he begins to feel a ‘steam in Lavington’ display coming on. But not in 2012.

Lavington Steam Fair mug

March 10, 2012

We have recently featured plaques from John Kyte’s Garden Rallies on these pages. But at one time the local football club also ran steam rallies up on the Elisha Field and today we feature another new arrival at the museum. It’s a commemorative mug from one of these shows.

Lavington Steam Fair Mug, possibly from the 1980s and now at Market Lavington Museum

Now there’s an attractive little mug that bears the appropriate legend. This is on a plaque applied to a basic mug. No doubt a single firing in the kiln could have contained some of these mugs and many others, identical except for the plaque.

It is a mug as can be seen in this view.

Yes, the mug has a handle

We do not have a date but imagine it may have been from the 1980s. Perhaps someone who helped organise these rallies could give us a more accurate idea – and maybe there are people who have photos of these events that they could share with us.

A cheese dish

November 22, 2011

Once upon a time, when the cooling system in a larder as no more than a heavy stone shelf, it was essential to keep food covered. Cheese which used to be a cheap staple for many a household was kept in a cheese dish. This consisted of a more or less flat china base with what was often an ornate lid over the top.

We have such a dish at Market Lavington Museum.

A cheese dish used by a local family and now at Market Lavington Museum

This dish was made by the firm of Ludwig Wessel in Bonn, Germany. There is a maker’s mark on the base.

The maker's mark is for Ludwig Wessel between 1875 and 1900

This mark was used by the company between 1875 and 1900. Our cheese dish was made between those date.

It was used by the Gale family in Market Lavington. Henry Gale, head of the family was a plumber and painter. The family home was on High Street – towards what is now the Fiddington Clay end of it.

A Child’s Mug

October 28, 2011

This item is new to Market Lavington Museum and we know nothing about it. We hope any readers might be able to help identify age and possible maker of this little mug.

A child’s mug at Market Lavington Museum

The decoration appears to be a transfer which either was not applied all that well, or, which has suffered from regular washing.

The mug features the nursery rhyme, ‘Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man’

The only other decoration is on the other side of the mug.

The only other decoration – a violet flower

There is not a maker’s name on the base. There are some dots, which may have some significance.

Dots on the base. Are they significant?

If you can tell us anything about this rather sweet little mug then do get in touch.