Crock; Doulton & Co; 1875-1883; 2007/140.04

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South Canterbury Museum

Name/Title

Crock

About this object

Taylor & Bowie of Timaru had this very large, heavy saltglaze stoneware crock made specifically for their grocery business. The crock has a cylindrical body with a shoulder that gives way to a narrower, shaped neck which angles out. The crock has been fired with a Bristol glaze, where the neck and shoulder of the crock are glazed a tan brown and the rest of the crock has a clear glaze, a common glaze pattern for cylindrical vessels. The crock is decorated with narrow bands in a coggle pattern near the rim and shoulders. ‘Taylor & Bowie – Timaru’ is impressed on the front just under the shoulder.

The small handles on each side of the body are decorated with lines in relief and have scroll-shaped ends. A lid, probably made to replace an original in ceramic, has been from wood and painted to resemble ceramic. It has a small handle carved into a dip in the centre so that it sits flush with the top of the lid.

Maker

Doulton & Co

Date Made

1875-1883

Place Made

Lambeth, London, England

Medium and Materials

Ceramic

Inscription and Marks

Impressed by handle: ‘5’
Maker’s mark impressed near base below handle: Obscured but probably ‘Doulton... London’

Measurements

Height: 35 cm
Diameter: 33 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

Taylor and Bowie, Grocers, Timaru

Subject and Association Description

Taylor & Bowie of Timaru sold a variety of foodstuffs and food service items, as well as household necessities such as soap and kerosene, both imported from abroad and originating from closer to home. This crock probably sat on a counter or shelf in the store, holding bulk food items. Branding the crock, a common practice in this period, meant it also acted as advertising.

Taylor & Bowie was formed by Robert Ross Taylor and Robert Bowie in 1875 after they purchased the grocery, wine and spirit, crockery, and glass departments from Taylor’s former partnership, Sutter, Taylor and Co. The business was first located in the building of Taylor’s former business partner, James H. Sutter, on the Great North Road (Stafford Street). After a fire in 1882 it moved next door to the South Canterbury Times office on Church Street. In 1883, Taylor and Bowie dissolved their partnership. Taylor took over the grocery and general retail aspects of the company, while Bowie continued with the wine and spirit business.

Object number

2007/140.04

Copyright Licence  

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Jim MacDiarmid 07 Sep 2015 05:10 AM,UTC

See papers past: Timaru Herald, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 2739, 4 July 1883, Page 4
Slight change to business. Taylor took the Wine and Spirit business,
Bowie continued with the general retail business

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=THD18830704.2.24.2

Jim MacDiarmid 07 Sep 2015 05:10 AM,UTC

See papers past: Timaru Herald, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 2739, 4 July 1883, Page 4
Slight change to business. Taylor took the Wine and Spirit business,
Bowie continued with the general retail business

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=THD18830704.2.24.2

Jim MacDiarmid 07 Sep 2015 05:09 AM,UTC

See papers past: Timaru Herald, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 2739, 4 July 1883, Page 4
Slight change to business. Taylor took the Wine and Spirit business,
Bowie continued with the general retail business

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=THD18830704.2.24.2

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