Brampton Ware Flask
This Brampton Ware flask carries a sprig of Lord Byron on one side and a sprig of Victoria, Duchess of Kent on the other with their names stamped underneath.
Thought to be early/mid nineteenth century, the flask has a note to say it was ‘found in an allotment rubbish tip between Gas Works and Chester Street, Holmebrook, 1969.’
In the nineteenth century, there were a number of potteries in the borough of Chesterfield producing ‘Brampton Ware’, ceramics.
Salt-glazing first came to England from Germany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, it was sometime later (at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries)
that English potteries were able to master the technology to build the kilns needed to produce the intense heat for salt glazing.
Salt glazing produces beautifully rich brown glazes ranging from a light honey colour to a deep chocolate brown. Potters achieved this by introducing common salt into the kiln at the pinnacle of firing. The salt, immediately vaporizing in the heat, combined with silica and aluminium in the clay to create a ‘glaze’ which covered the whole surface.
The refractory clays needed for salt-glazing were often associated with coal. Therefore, potteries in mining areas like Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were encouraged to adopt this more efficient way of firing.
Lord (George Gordon) Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824).
Byron was an English peer, politician and (most
famously) poet. He was leading figure in Romanticism and regarded as one of the greatest European writers of his generation.
His works are still widely read and enjoyed by many, although often suffered by GCSE students of English Literature. Among his best-known works are the narrative poem Don Juan and the short lyric poem She Walks in Beauty.
Lord Byron is also famous for the way he lived his life; having many love affairs with both women and men and accruing enormous financial debts. His involvement in the Greek War of Independence lead to his death in Greece in 1824.
He is buried, however, near his family home of Newstead Abbey, in the family vault in St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire. A memorial was not raised to him in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, until 1969.
One of Byron’s daughters, Ada Lovelace, collaborated with Charles Babbage on the 'analytical engine', an early predecessor of the computer.