- Object Number: STKMG:1963.P.475
- Simple Name: jug
- Full Name: cow creamer
- Production Place: Swinton
- Production Place: Yorkshire
- Production Place: United Kingdom
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Production Organisation: Rockingham (factory)
- Summary: Earthenware cream jug in the form of a cow or bull. White body with blue transfer printed pattern on body and edge of base. The pattern is the famous 'Willow Pattern' . Named in the Keiller Collection as Basay Bos.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- 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