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What is a Pot Lid?

Pot Lids are small glazed transfer-printed earthenware containers, consisting of a base and lid, which were made from the 1840s through the early 20th century (some forms of pot lids may date from the second half of the 18th century).  They contained many products, such as ointments, tooth paste, cold cream, shaving products food pastes, hair pommade, etc.  What do they have to do with transferware?  The manufacture or retail supplier name and product, often with an image, are transfer-printed on the lids.  

Potlids - 3 kinds

More Pot Lids

Pot lids were produced by the millions, by some of the same UK makers who produced the transferware you see elsewhere on this site, but few remain, as they were generally discarded after use.  Pot lids are both mono and poly-chromatic (including so-called Prattware lids).  We plan to do much more with pot lids on this web site in the future.

Examples of American-themed pot lids, generously provided by Greg Dean of Dean Antiques, http://www.deantiques.com/PLG/index.htm, are attached.

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