I have decided to branch out into these early jars, Many years ago I saw one in a shop in Sandgate Kent, when I took a break from fishing, At the time I could not afford it and I believe JA purchased it after I tipped him off about it.
Now I am mortgage free so I can indulge a little
English dry drug jar itdates c1720 and was made in one of the London potteries
The inscription reads E LENITIV whichwas used as a Gentle Laxative, it consisted of stoned raisins, senna,polypodium of oak, Syrian plums,
Maidenhair (a type of fern) French Barley,Stoned Damask prunes, Tamerinds fruit, Liquoris, and Suger of violets
The E in the inscriptionidentifies the contents as a Electuary paste which was mixed with honey to hidethe taste.
The jar stands approx 7 inches tall
The design is known as the Bird & Baskettype with fishtails , these fishtails are seen on the tassel cords and swags,the angle wings are short, unshaded and lacy, the birds heads face out andupwards, all helping to date this jar to c1720.
English dry drug jar itdates c1740 made in the Lambeth potteries
The inscription reads C ANTHOS which was used to strengthenthe brain to help reduce madness and to clear sight. It consisted of finelychopped Rosemary Flowers mixed with white sugar which were then boiled.
The C in the inscription identifies the contents as a Conserve orConfection which was a type of Jam
The design is known as theCherub and Shell with fishtail pellets and bald cherubs
The flowers have whitetips to the petals which helps to identify this as a Lambeth made pot c1740
The Mortlake pots aroundthis date have white flowers with blue tips