This is a highly collectable little piece of antique Scottish Art Pottery.
It is very pretty and would look fine on display in a country kitchen on a Welsh dresser or in a china cabinet.
The clear over-glazes used on Mak Merry (and also Bough) pottery - have a tendency to develop surface crazing called craquelure and often the quality of the pottery used as "blanks" is a little lower grade - and over time it has a tendency to discolour and turn a light beige shade or might have surface speckling. This is usually commensurate with age and use.
The condition is generally fine with no chips or cracks. However, the top half of the main body of the pot has darkened a little over the last 100 years - probably due to staining from the contents. It has pale yellow painted washes to the bottom - which matches the knop colour and outer rim section of the lid.
All the same - it is a pretty little lidded pot. It is globular in shape. It is decorated with little painted cherries.
Dimensions: Height is 3 1/2 inches to the top of the lid handle. The diameter is 3 1/4 inches.
Have taken a lot of photographs for your inspection to judge the condition.
I have priced this little jam pot to take the discolouration of the main body into condition. It remains a rare and pretty wee item.
UK Posting is going to be £4.95 - and this is with Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. This will be applied at the checkout.
HISTORY: The MakMerry pottery grew out of the Scottish Women's Rural Institute, which was founded in 1917 in the Scottish town Macmerry by Catherine Blair.
Catherine had previously been an active Suffragist, campaigning for 'Votes for Women' and had a history of promoting female independence and equality. She became involved in the suffragette movement was by writing countless letters to the press about the plight of women.
In 1920 MakMerry was set up as the trading arm of the Institute. Initially, members invested small sums of money and produced food items for sale – but they soon moved into producing fine craftworks as well – one of the crafts was pottery decoration. They hand-painted smaller household items such as plates, shallow bowls, lidded pots and the sweetest teapots – and all these are instantly identifiable and often featured delicate and stylized floral patterns.
Purchased an unusual pretty little jam pot, signed by Catherine Blair herself. A lovely addition to my collection. Item arrived quickly and was well wrapped to protect it from damage. Thank you.