Henry Burgess was an earthenware manufacturer in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. He was in business from 1864 to 1892 and principally made white ironstone, most of which was shipped to America and Canada. This pure white ironstone chamber pot, produced by Burgess from 1878 onward to 1892, is in exceptional condition, with no cracks, chips or repairs. Three tiny stilt marks are on the bottom interior, along with a network of scratches from being scoured (thank goodness).
The black mark printed on the bottom displays the Royal Coat of Arms, with the motto of the British Sovereign (Queen Victoria at that time) at the base of the mark: "Dieu et Mon Droit," French for "God and My Right." Beneath that are the words "STONE CHINA" and "H. BURGESS, BURSLEM." There is also an impressed diamond shaped English registry mark that dates the registration of the decorative design to August 5, 1878.
This chamber pot would have been part of the toilet ware set in a well-appointed Victorian bedroom. Today, it can be used as cachepots to hold plants, can also hold cut flowers or just display on its own. This pot is particularly nice, with its molded, raised motifs on either side of the handle, which is decorated with scrolls and a pair of stars. The mouth measures 7 1/2 inches across, 10 inches across from lip to handle and 5 inches deep inside. It weighs 3 pounds, 10 ounces and is a beautiful, decorative piece of white ironstone.