Felix Edward Pratt - who lived from 1813 to 1894 - discovered the commercial opportunities of using emerging print technologies to decorate pot lids and associated homewares with a diverse range of scenes. From landmark British and European events, to trade dress and floral scenes, Prattware has become collectible through its sheer variety and enduring printed colour quality.
In 1840, F & R Pratt of Fenton, Staffs was one of the leading names of multi-colour transfer printing, often using licensed reproductions of famous scenes, such as the Duke of Wellington funeral procession by George Baxter, who had licensed his own printing technique in the mid-19th century. Appearing on not only jar lids, but also tobacco or tea jars, these items are known collectively as Prattware.
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