Pots

CHAMBER POTS (Loop Knob, 2 Handles, Tall)

Description:  This is a large size (11" tall) and heavy (almost 7 lbs.) Canton form. Not delicate but heavily constructed, it differs from the 2 other chamber pots by having 2 handles, a loop knob, a scalloped rim (8 scallops), and a different shape. This chamber pot has an inset rim like the mushroom knob chamber pot. It has a single tang on each handle like the triangular chamber pot. The bottom is glazed. The loop handles and knob indicate a late 19th century age. Herbert Schiffer's book says he has not seen this particular form among the other standard Chinese forms so, it is unique to the Canton pattern.

CHAMBER POTS (Loop Knob,1 Handle, Short)

Description:  This is a low size (8" tall) and heavy? (almost ? lbs.) Canton form. It differs from the 2 other single handled chamber pots by having a loop knob, not mushrooom or triangular knobs. This chamber pot has a top that overhangs the bottom, it does not have an inset rim. It has a single tang on the handle like the chamber pot with the triangular knob. It has a bulging side like the triangular knob pot. The bottom is glazed. The simple loop handle and loop knob indicate a late 19th century age. 

CHAMBER POTS (Mushroom Knob)

Description:  This is a very rare mushroom knob Chamber Pot and very few are known. A second example's dimensions, weights and provenance are shown in parentheses. Chamber pots were generally used as a urinal at night for those who did not want to make the trek to the outhouse. 

The mushroom knob is decorated with a lotus like flower of 20 petals. The last picture shows the second example's knob with only 15 petals.

There are 4 differences between this chamber pot and the triangular knob pot, other than the knobs: 1) this mushroom knob pot is squatter than the triangular knob pot 2) the cover fits into an inset groove 3) it does not have bulging side 4) it is of lighter construction (thickness) and weighs about a pound less than the triangular knob pot.

CHAMBER POTS (Triangular Knob)

Description:  This is possibly a unique Chamber Pot with its very unusual triangular knob. Chamber Pots were generally used as a urinal at night for those who did not want to make the trek to the outhouse. 

There are 4 differences between this chamber pot and the mushroom knob chamber pot, other than the knobs: 1) this triangular knob pot is not as squat as the mushroom knob pot  2) the cover does not fit into an inset groove like the other does  3) it has bulging sides not tapered sides  4) it is of heavier construction (thickness) and weighs about a pound more than the mushroom knob pot.

HONEY POTS

Description:  These jars or pots are somewhat of a mystery as to their original use. Jane Wilson says they were jam jars. Herbert Schiffer does not picture them in his book. It is now generally believed they were made to hold honey. Intriguing are the 4 small holes in the top rims. It is believed string went through the holes to hang the pots up in the pantry to keep ants out! They are rare and costly.

POTS-MARMITES

Description:  Very rare and expensive are Marmites. "Marmite" is described as being broth or soup or in more recent times marmite as a brewer's yeast concentrate. These round straight sided pots with tops took the name of their intended contents. These marmites have spouts and loop handles with tangs. We date them to Mid 19th Century to late 19th as their knobs are simple balls or flattened balls. Note that there is one continuous scene around the Marmites.

We have saved the biggest surprise for last. Marmites are one of the very few Canton forms that have a figure on the bridge! See the last picture for the bridge views and a closeup of the figures holding parasols. They also appear in the Mixed Pattern Gallery. Also notice the unusual use of dark blue dots in the landscape. Both the tops and bottoms have rain cloud borders except the smallest whose top does not.

POTS-MUSTARD

Description:  Mustard pots are quite rare and seldom seen. They are very similiar to Syllabub cups but there are differences. They both have berry knobs, twisted handles and glazed bottoms. Note: later Syllabubs have a ball knob and a loop handle. The most notable difference is a 1/2" wide hole in the top's rim for the mustard spoon. See the last picture to see the spoons in the pots. Another difference is the tapered sides of the pots compared to bulbous sides on the Syllabubs.