Blown away is I think the expression. Let's try to pick our way through this fascinating minefield. We ourselves are interested in Treacle Jars or Pots, but will not yet admit to being obsessed.
First the reference in Blue & White Pottery, A Collectors Guide. We have seen one of the self same jars, but had no idea of maker. I believe the attribution to Read is a mis-attribution, as is the similar attribution on Page 53 for a Chamber Pot in Boy Musician pattern. There was no Read pottery under that sole name in Staffordshire (I say confidently, but willing to hear evidence that proves otherwise!) I have emailed Gillian to ask if she still has the data or records that suggested Read of Staffordshire. She has now retired from active dealing and writing, so it may be a rather big call of her.
Second, Godden's Ironstone and his totally different publication Staffordshire Porcelain, both offer up variations and differences for potters identifications from his Encyclopaedia of Marks. This is to be expected as he covers such a vast field and no one book can be total and complete in its understanding, as research and investigation march on. However, there is no evidence of any potter calling himself Read potting alone and using the Read backstamp in Staffordshire (or anywhere else).
So that suggests the Treacle Jar and the Chamber Pot are by Reed of Mexborough Rock Pottery, Yorkshire, either James Reed or his son John, spanning 1843 to 1870. Both pieces are more likely to be by James c1843 to 1849.
Thirdly, the suggestion that they are not treacle jars, but jam jars and were patented. Well, difficult to counter this one. However, the description of them as treacle jars goes back quite a long way. This is not a modern dealer grasping at straws and coming up with a treacle jar story. It goes back several generations, so is likely to be right. As for a rubber seal? There is no evidence that a rubber seal was ever present. The lids were designed to screw tightly shut. Nobody has reported finding remnants of rubber seals. Most killingly, why bother to create these screw tops and match each top with base, if all you needed was a rubber seal. A rubber seal is very easy to fix and requires no screw top.
The examples with the jam manufacturer and a holiday resort (Blackpool) are challenging. Possible explanations: the jam manufacturer, used them as advertising and they contained either treacle or fruit syrup. Blackpool was a holiday resort frequented by many people from Yorkshire, so perhaps they went home with their holiday memento, a Yorkshire Treacle Jar, with Blackpool on.
Italian pattern by John Ridgway is an aberration in my view.
I think I will stop there for now. Thanks for sharing all the images. I will get together with you over your PDF etc and our images. The envelope alongside posters' names on the Message Board contains the direct email address to the poster!
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