Geoff will be talking about coloured pot lids, specifically produced during the Victorian period from the mid 1830s to 1900.
A pottery owner, Felix Pratt, was the first to spot the opportunity to market a range of products using coloured lids to embellish the packaging. Pratt developed a new process of “underglaze” printing very similar to that used for the Baxter Prints of the same period.
The earliest of these coloured lids were made to promote bear grease for gentlemen's hair (the Brilliantine of the day!) with various pictures of bears on the lids.
The Pratt lids were used to market a wide and varied range of products including bear grease, gentleman's relish, potted shrimps, fish paste, foodstuffs, ladies perfumes and toiletries. The lids feature a wide range of themes including Pegwell Bay, London scenes, famous people of the time, Shakespeare, Crimean War, Exhibitions, dogs and other animals and old English pastimes and scenes. The quality of the pictures and the colours make these lids extremely collectable and Geoff will bring a selection of the lids to show at the talk.
Friends events are open to member of the public. They will take place at the Wesley Hall, 41 London Road, Horsham, RH12 1AN and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Tickets are available on the door and are priced at £5.