Tunbridge Ware – An Unusual Screw-top Salve Pot c1850


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Heading : Tunbridge Ware – An Unusual Screw-top Salve Pot c1850
Date : c1850
Period : Victorian
Tunbridge Wells; England
Decoration : A turned stick-ware piece. this is slightly larger than other salve pots we have seen. and is also decorated throughout rather than just to its lid. which is a screw-top rather than simple pull-off type. It retains its original glass liner. Small stick-ware items of this nature are fairly ubiquitous to many Tunbridge Ware manufacturers. but the configuration of the design has something of a Nye/Barton look to it.
Size :  heoght 3cm. diameter 3.8cm
Condition : Good; some separation between the small pieces around the base. and some residual polish or wax within the imperfect joins.
Restoration : None
Weight : 19 grams

Notes : The Victorians had an insatiable desire for small pots of salve. though the majority of such items tended to be ceramic rather than wooden. There were Egyptian Salves. Indian Ointment. Sufferer’s Friend. Electrical Herbal Ointment and even No Name Ointment to name but a tiny part of what was a myriad of substances. all of which would be better classified as ‘snake oil’. Made from an inert carrier such as petroleum jelly. beeswax or lard and sometimes containing traces of alcohol. narcotics. lead. mercury or herbs. the salves were purported to cure – amongst other things – sores. boils. discoloured urine. wounds. burns. scalds. bad legs. scurvy. skin diseases. eruptions. ‘swelled tongue’ and – of course – carbuncles. It’s fair to say that pretty much any ailment that befell you was considered to be treatable by slapping some one of these dubious gunks on the afflicted body part – though the prime beneficiary of such ‘medication’ was likely to be solely the person who sold it to you in the first place !

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Weight50 g


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