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RESERVED until 2/6/15 Victorian Anchovy Paste Pot LID, Cotswolds, England

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This very very old potted meat lid is a piece of crockery from my days of living in London in the late 1970s. Had a dear friend in Charlton Kings who ran a shop where he displayed all his findings from his digs in Victorian tips -- land fills. He had about five thousand bottles and two thousand ceramic pieces of pots and jars and containers that the Victorians put in holes in the ground in back of their glorious mansions. He was a professor of English history, and he and his students used to take trips to the countryside around his home to dig and dig and dig.

This particular piece is a lid from a pot of anchovy paste. The label, printed in black ink on what used to be a white ceramic lid reads:

Burgess's Genuine Anchovy Paste for Toast Biscuit &c. By Appointment (to the king) Hythe Road, Willesden NW, Late 107 Strand London. I think this means Burgess and Co used to be located on the Strand in London, but now were in Willesden, NW London.

The lid, which was buried for decades and decades, unearthed in the sixties, looks like an antique should. It is stained, has crackle lines, and really has no nicks to speak of (one on the underside lip). There is a discoloration by the A in anchovy, but I think this is from a sticker or price tag. The lid could do with a thorough cleaning, but i liked it in its "raw" state and left it like I bought it in 1979.

The measurements on the lid are 3.5" in diameter, .5" deep, with an interior space of 3" inside the lid. If you have a pot to fit this lid, or if you just collect Victoriana like I used to, this is a very nice piece. I have another from the Army and Navy Co-Operative Society Ltd listed, too. Let me know what you think of that one, too!

Thanks for looking, and let me know if I can combine shipments to save you postage. RB

RESERVED until 2/6/15 Victorian Anchovy Paste Pot LID, Cotswolds, England


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: antique ceramic, pottery, antique pottery
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