Pot - Toothpaste, Lid, Ceramic, John Gosnell & Co, London, England, circa 1840-circa 1898 Archaeology Reg. No: HA 1547

Three conjoining fragments of the earthenware lid of a toothpaste pot. Label is a polychrome transfer print featuring Queen Victoria. Maker's mark indicates it was manufactured by John Gosnell & Co, London. Manufactured after circa 1840.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants, 2010
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical

More information

Tagged with: world heritage, royal exhibition building, archaeology, dental hygiene, i have a complete top
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: Hygiene
Specific Activity: Teeth
Trench Unit Number: J13
Manufacturer: c 1840-c 1898
References: Majewski and O'Brien 1987: 143; Fletcher 1975: 8; Williams-Wood 1972: 39
  1. [Article - Journal] Majewski, T & O'Brien, M J. 1987. The Use and Misuse of Nineteenth-Century English and American Ceramics in Archaeological Analysis. Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory. 11: 97-209., 1987, 143 Pages
  2. [Book], Edward Fletcher, Collecting Pot Lids, Pitman Publishing, London, 1975, 1975, 8 Pages
  3. [Book], Cyril Williams-Wood, Staffordshire Pot Lids and Their Potters, Faber & Faber Ltd., London, 1972, 1972, 39 Pages


Dennis Taylor Posted on 13 Nov 2011 9:53 PM
We have a complete lid identical to the three fragmented pieces displayed on this webpage. Where is the manufacturers mark located to prove it's authenticity. what is printed on the lid is as follows: Cherry Toothpaste - Patronized by the Queen. In smaller writing - For the beautifying and preserving the teeth & gums - Prepared by John Gosnell & Co. Ltd London. There is an image of Queen Victoria in the middle of the lid.

If interested I can e-mail an image to you for further indentification. Can you send me an e-mail address for this to happen.

Thank You
Joan Lane Posted on 20 Nov 2011 8:22 AM
We have a completely in-tact jar of this, amazing color....was dug up in San Francisco, during a construction project.
Eugene Reis Posted on 29 May 2012 7:44 AM
Today I dug up a lid in San Jose,Ca. It is in good condition. I was happy to find the history about it. I was digging in a community garden in what was a residental area near the San Jose airport.
Alice Pocock Posted on 09 Feb 2013 1:04 AM
I have an intact lid,dug up in our garden about 40 years ago - in Suburbs, Bulawayo,Zimbabwe. It has the extra words added on either side of the Queen's head - EXTRA MOIST. The whole caption is "CHERRY TOOTHPASTE - PATRONIZED BY THE QUEEN" Prepared by JOHN GOSNELL & CO London For beautifying and preserving the teeth and gums.
Tracey Posted on 05 Feb 2015 3:46 PM
I have a fragment similar to the piece pictured here far left.... Found in James st New Farm - Queensland. I have always wondered what was previously located on our property as we continually find old ceramic pieces and glass. Nice to have some sort of dating for our finds - thank you.

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