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Cottrill coffee can

  • Museum number

    4854

  • Description

    Small straight sided coffee can painted with iron red flower sprigs. On the base of this can, signed by the decorator Joseph Cottrill is the inscription 'Painted on the top stone of St Andrews Spire, Worcester, July 18th 1801' he was only 17 or 18 years old at the time and probably climbed the tall spire for a dare. The spire was next door to the Flight and Barr factory where the can was made.

  • Artist

    Joseph Cottrill

  • Date made

    1810

  • Material

    Soft paste porcelain

  • Factory mark

    Scratched B

  • Provenance/assession

    Donated by Miss EJ Bowes of Arlesford, Hants 1987

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