Ceramic pedestal pot for Singleton's Golden Eye Ointment

Catalogue Number: 2402
Ceramic pedestal pot for Singleton's Golden Eye Ointment
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Eye baths, bottles, jars
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1890
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Lambeth, London
Description Of Item: Glazed earthenware shallow pot on very short pedestal foot. Blue printed lettering 'Singletons Golden Eye Ointment'.Overall diameter:53mm Height:19mm Foot Diameter:24mm.
Historical Significance: The ointment was placed on top of the pedestal and covered with a wax paper seal to preserve the ointment. These were distributed by the producers in a cardboard box. This product originated in 1596 as Dr Johnson's Golden Eye Ointment. The recipe was passed by successive inheritances through the Hind and then Singleton families. It has since passed to the Folgham and then Green families. The pedestal pots were first made specifically for Singleton's Eye Ointment in about 1804.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Apr 2014
Condition: Very good but smears of excess blue ink
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 18

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