A collections highlight with a St Valentine twist

One of the hidden highlights of the University of Aberdeen Museums is our Seaton Pottery Collection. We have 116 items relating to Seaton Pottery and I have selected a particular theme from that collection on our lead up to St Valentine’s Day.

Seaton Pottery inscribed: 'A present to Flora'

Seaton Pottery inscribed: ‘A present to Flora’

Seaton Pottery was in production from 1869 to 1964 based at the east end of Seaton Place East in Aberdeen. Our collections hold a range of the company’s work including flower pots, storage barrels, cheese dishes and flagons.

Seaton 2

Many Seaton Pottery dishes are inscribed with women’s names and dates, and we believe this relates to marriages. It is said that it was traditional for future mother in laws to give their new daughters in law a gift of Seaton Pottery. These beautiful gifts give an insight into an old custom and mark someone’s special day in history.

Seaton pottery

This dairy bowl was made as a wedding gift for Mrs ALLEN, No. 3 Mortimer’s Lane INVERURIE FEB 15th 1887.

Happy St Valentine’s Day when it comes


About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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