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Jam jars and marmalade pots

Over 13,000 vessels uncovered from Crosse and Blackwell factory on Oxford Street
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Over 13,000 vessels were dumped in a cistern when the factory was rebuilt in 1877. A range is displayed here, showing the variety in designs and sizes. All were clean and were intact when discarded and some still retained their paper labels.

Most are white earthenware pots for potted meat, jam and marmalade and were made by the Maling pottery of Newcastle. Other vessels included:

  • A number of Keiller’s marmalade and jam jars
  • Brown stoneware bung jars and bottles, some made in Fulham

The largest amount of glass vessels came from a dump of material under a floor and dates to the early 20th century. Over 4,000 glass stoppers were found as well as cork bungs and other glass and ceramic vessels.

Another dump of ceramic and glass vessels to create a new floor surface produced types of vessel not found in the other areas. These also date to the early 20th century and include:

  • White ginger jars with blue transfer printed decoration
  • English stoneware mustard jars
  • Orange-shaped marmalade jars