Pottery urn, Staffordshire, England, 1801-1900

1801-1900 in Staffordshire

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Pottery urn, with biblical scenes in gilt, possibly Davenport, Staffs, English, 1801-1900

Decorated with biblical scenes, this gilt pottery urn is believed to have been designed to hold a person’s ashes after cremation. Burial was the standard for body disposal in Britain until well into the 1800s. Cremations were illegal for much of the century. The first authorised service took place in 1885.

The urn was probably made by Davenport, a ceramic manufacturer in the Staffordshire area of England called the Potteries.

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Medical Ceramic-ware
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cinerary urn
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • ceremonial container

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