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The further back in time we try to go for storage jars, the more likely we are to be disappointed. Flagstones and solid floors meant that jars could be very short-lived: Particularly the lids.

Bourne produced brown stoneware jars, and numerous companies manufactured banded white jars. Many labelled with early favourites such as sago and ground rice, before giving way to Cornishware, plain-coloured Bristol Ware and the very rare Maling Cobblestones. A few European imports arrived during the thirties, like the heavily deco-influenced Felix with its sharp lines and shaved corners,

One of our favourites is the square deco Bristol range produced by the Pountney Pottery with their characteristic hooped handles at the front and their circular lids.

War-time shortages and utility standards meant that jars didn't see a resurgence until the fifties when hand-painted designs from Toni Raymond, Crown Devon and Royal Winton made an appearance. In the sixties, Cornishware was re-modelled and designs started to be influenced by flower-power: Taunton Vale was born.

More jars can be found in our Kitchenware ranges.

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