Pot lids are the lids or covers of small pottery jars which were used to hold a variety of products. Often, they were decorated using the transfer printing process, and though quite laborious by today's standards, it was much faster than the previous method of hand lettering or pasting a hand written paper label on the sides of the pots (jars) to describe the contents within.
The High Street chemists producing their own dentifrices, each having ambitions of their toothpaste being the most popular, engaged in cut throat competition. This is one of the main reasons why so many different toothpastes were created and with such a degree of artistic expression, which would further entice consumers solely by the pot's aesthetic appeal.
(I would have bought this one, my favorite..."Viola Paste")
This 'ozonized paste' pot lid has a purple transfer and that with it being rectangle shaped make it ultra rare and desirable among collectors. It just sold for nearly $300.
Here is one of the most unusual of pot lids with its triangular shape.
Pot Lids are highly sought, and usually valuable, collectibles. Today, they are still being unearthed in dump digs around the UK. It is believed that about 5,000 different pot lids were produced worldwide. Pot lids sell anywhere from $15 up to $500 and sometimes more. One of the rarest pot lids, having a bear motif', sold for $10,000! You can find them on auction sites and in antique stores. They are really cute and make great conversation pieces and decorative items...which I'll show in an upcoming post.
Suzanne at Colorado Lady
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