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19th Century Prattware wooden framed Pot Lid entitled "A Letter From The Diggings". This lid was produced by the Pratt Factory in the early 1850's at the time of the Australian Gold Rush but is believed to originate from a known watercolour entitled "Valentines Day". It is signed J.Austinis.
It was Felix Edward Pratt (1813-94) who spotted the commercial possibilities of using new printing technology to decorate the lids of containers for popular products such as bear's grease, gentleman's relish, potted shrimps and cosmetics, with sophisticated designs.
After 1840, F. & R. Pratt of Fenton in Staffordshire, became the leading (but not the only) manufacturer of multicoloured transfer printed pot lids and a huge range of related wares.
Long admired for their technical excellence, for their sheer variety and as a social and historical record of their era, pot lids have a venerable collecting history and rank among the most desirable everyday items from the Victorian period.
Verdi Art & Antiques has clarified that the Wooden Framed Pratt Ware Lid Entitled "A Letter From The Diggings" (LA381273) is genuinely of
the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1850
It does have some scuffing on the front. There is also a fine crack and crazing on the back (see photo's)
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This Wooden Framed Pratt Ware Lid Entitled "A Letter From The Diggings" is located in Market Harborough, UK