- Object Number: 1963.P.375
- Simple Name: jug
- Full Name: cow creamer
- Production Place: Yorkshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Period:
- Summary: Cream jug in the form of a cow. White body with mottled, black sponged decoration and dark yellow spots. Moulded milkmaid kneeling at side. Cow's eyes are picked out in thick black lines. Stands on a small base, cover missing. Named in the Keiller Collection as Mascara Bos.
- Terms:cow creamer
- Additional Notes: Cow Creamers are so called because of the opening at the back into which cream or milk can be added. An opening in the mouth allowed liquid to be poured and the tail often serves as a handle to lift and tip the creamer.
- Additional Notes: The earliest cow creamers in England were imports from Holland, made in silver. From the mid 18th century Staffordshire potters copied the idea. The popularity of ceramic cow creamers grew throughout the remainder of the 18th century and into the 19th century. Production spread to include the potteries of Tyneside, Yorkshire, South Wales and South Scotland, all making creamers in the Staffordshire style.
- Additional Notes: The creamers are part of a collection presented to the museum by Mrs Gabrielle M. Keiller in 1962. The group consists of 667 cow cream jugs built up by Gabrielle and her husband, Alexander, over a 30 year period. Each cow is individually named, many with the second name Bos, Latin for cow.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery