Betel Chewing:Trays, Sets, And Toothpaste Containers (000087)
England Toothpaste Container Ceramic
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Photograph by Tom Riddle
Private Collection

A lid of a pot made in the late 19th to early 20th century, probably at the Staffordshire or Pratt factory in England (Diam=6.5 cm). This type is popularly known as “black-and-white” ware. It is a round box with a lid made to contain areca nut toothpaste. The body is undecorated but the cover is decorated with an advertisement for betel toothpaste that was applied by the process of transfer-print. The steps of the process are: a copper plate is engraved; next it is warmed and applied with an oil-based ink; then, a print was taken on a tissue-type paper that had been soaked in a solution of soap; the printed paper is applied to the lid; then the piece is fired in a kiln. Staffordshire pot lids were popular collectors’ items in the 1920s and 1930s. F.S. Cleaver’s Areca Nut Tooth Paste (c.1880s)