The Gods of Pots have seen fit to favour me with a small group of Sussex Pottery and principal among ‘These Gifts’ is an important documentary -Rye Flagon- inscribed and dated ‘Moses Roots Sept. 1846’ These Deity’s naturally aware of my predilection for rhymes have bestowed upon this flagon amongst a galaxy of stars, all conceived in printers type the following lines :-
Steal not this bottle dishonest friend,
For fear the gallows should be your end,
But if you do may conscience say,
Take back the bottle you stole away:
This is an exceptional and important piece of Sussex Pottery elaborately decorated and enriched with Rhyme and stars and green Jeweling. A pot we feel privileged to be the temporary custodians of.
An exceedingly pretty and early -Spirit Flask- has also wheedled its way into our affections, of circular form it has a radiating pattern composed of verigated clays and is heavily daubed with iron particles, combined together these features create a lovely golden hue. This swirling pattern it bears is normally associated with one of the -Burgess Hill- Potteries.
Also purchased was a small – agate beaker- and matching -saucer- which was most probably made at -Benjamim Ware and Sons- Pottery at Uckfield.
The final piece is an extremely rare -Slipware Honey Jar- with Scraffito decoration which I believe emanates from the Silver Hill or High Halden Potteries. It is conceived in the naturalistic/rustic style popularized by John Pelling who was the foreman at the Silver Hill Works. Though his work was mostly unglazed he did produced glazed pieces as well. Interestingly he had married the owners daughter [Polly Tree] in 1851 and a romantic legend recalls that his rustic tree-bark style was developed in homage to her!
This particular pot has a label beneath it that says:-
Sussex Slipware Honey Pot
Circa 1860. cost 20/- 4-10-54
This pot has an irregular shaped slab built lid which although original would seem to rule it out as a Tobacco Jar and leads me to believe that it could in fact be as categorized on the label -A Sussex Honey Pot-