A salt-glazed brown stoneware coffee pot (or coffeepot) with applied sprigs. Inscribed below the spout with “J & N Houldsworth 1839”, which probably commemorates a marriage. The coffee pot is wheel thrown with a spreading turned foot and turned recessed base which is unglazed. There are four applied sprigs (bas-reliefs) around the body depicting: 1] A musician with a flute and a horn at his feet, 2] A man with a jug, 3] A seated man smoking a churchwarden claypipe, with a bunch of keys on his hip, and 4] A standing man gesturing with one hand and holding a claypipe in the other.
The handle has one internal and two external spurs, with ‘screw heads’ in the upper terminal. The lid has a turned button finial and is pierced. The inside of the coffeepot has a pale greyish green glaze. The spout is plain with a simple hand-pierced 14 hole internal strainer.
Probably made in Derbyshire. English.
Pot ID: AP/997
Dimensions: Approx. 266 mm high to top of lid finial.
Net Weight (grams): 1688
There is a chip on outer rim. Two small chips under lid rim. There is a short section of the handle which has broken (i.e. two breaks) but is held in place by friction – so that the broken section has never been separated from the rest of the handle. The section can be moved slightly but not removed, and would be very easy to stabilise with a liquid adhesive – but I’ve left it alone for the new owner to decide. The handle itself has never been off the pot and is otherwise sound. See close up photo.