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Collection of Measham Pottery

11 Lot Collection

The collection consists of 19th century Measham 'Bargeware' pottery. Bargeware was made chiefly in the Burton-on-Trent area and was especially favoured by bargee's wives. A known maker of these usually unmarked wares was William Mason of the Pool Pottery, Church Greasley.

A Measham or barge ware mug for a canal side inn in the Buxton Basin

A Measham or barge ware mug for a canal side inn in the Buxton Basin

Measham pottery is typically glazed a rich chocolate brown or treacle colour and decorated with rather coarsely modelled white flowers, foliage, fruit and birds highlighted in red, blue and green and often with a panel or banner personalised by being impressed with a printer's typeface whilst wet. The majority of Measham pottery is in the form of teapots, but bowls, jugs, beakers and tobacco jars are not uncommon. The teapots are often generous in size, the covers with fancy finials modelled in the form of acorns and sometimes (several) small teapots.

Made between the late 1860s and 1914, Measham pottery (or barge ware as it is often called) was not actually made there, but in nearby Church Gresley, primarily by Mason, Cash & Co with smaller manufacturers in Woodville and Swadlincote.

So why has it become known as Measham pottery or to that matter barge ware?  The answer lies in the fact that it was extensively marketed through a shop on Measham High Street owned by a Mrs Ann Bonas and being close to the canal bridge was favoured by passing bargees who were able order a piece and collect the personalised gift on their return journey.

Whilst obviously having a practical use as teapots, beakers and jars, they were often used as presentation pieces for births, anniversaries and especially marriages – galloon teapots are not an uncommon sight, which suggests that if they weren't presentation pieces, barge men either had an insatiable thirst or were incredibly strong in the arm!

Sale Information

EX64: Antiques and Collectables
Saturday, 16th March 2013
Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot EX64/555

Lot EX64/555: A Large Measham Pottery Bargeware Gallon Teapot and Cover

A large Measham pottery bargeware gallon teapot and cover of baluster form, the cover with acorn finial, applied with flowerheads and vines on a treacle ground, 40cm high.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £200
Lot EX64/556

Lot EX64/556: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover with coffee pot finial, applied with floral sprays, stylised blooms and colourful birds, 33cm high.

Estimate: £150 - £200
Lot EX64/557

Lot EX64/557: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover with coffee pot finial, applied with floral sprays, stylised blooms and colourful birds, 31cm high.

Estimate: £150 - £200
Realised: £130
Lot EX64/558

Lot EX64/558: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover with coffee pot knop and applied with a basket of flowers, birds, floral sprays and inscribed 'Love at Home', 31cm high, some damage.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Lot EX64/559

Lot EX64/559: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover of globular form, applied with floral sprays, a basket of flowers and inscribed 'WMSeagrave, Hendon 1877', 19cm high.

Estimate: £120 - £180
Realised: £95
Lot EX64/560

Lot EX64/560: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover with coffee pot knop applied with sheaves of corn, grapes, floral sprays and inscribed 'God Bless our Home', 29cm high.

Estimate: £120 - £180
Lot EX64/561

Lot EX64/561: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and coverwith coffee pot knop and applied with grapes, floral sprays and inscribed 'A Present For Mam & Dad from Beat & Bert', 27cm high.

Estimate: £150 - £200
Lot EX64/562

Lot EX64/562: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover with double knopped finial, applied with floral sprays, rosettes and inscribed 'To Inchbold 1884', 28cm high.

Estimate: £150 - £200
Realised: £120
Lot EX64/563

Lot EX64/563: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover inscribed 'Love at Home', 17cm high.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Lot EX64/564

Lot EX64/564: A Measham Pottery Bargeware Teapot and Cover

A Measham pottery bargeware teapot and cover inscribed 'I like a good cup of tea 1883', 20cm high.

Estimate: £120 - £180
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