Advent Day 1 – Goss dragon bowl

In the run up to Christmas we’ll show some of the objects added to the Museum’s collection in the last 12 months. These objects will be on display at the Museum until we close for Christmas on 16th December.

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This bowl would have been a souvenir from someone’s journey to Havering-atte-Bower, the historic heart of the Liberty of Havering. W.H. Goss was one of a number of potters who produced souvenir china artefacts at his factory in Stoke-on-Trent.  He began manufacturing in the 1850s and continued until the beginning of the Second World War when souvenirs such as this fell out of fashion. This particular bowl is based on a Norwegian dragon-shaped beer bowl.  Notice the misspelling of ‘Bowre’.

Donated by Marion Rist

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