Annotation (BT 43/68)
Class IV. W & J. A. Bailey, Alloa Pottery, Alloa, Proprietors. Key Teapot. 9s,12s,18s,24s,39s,36s,11[?] s
W & JA Bailey's manufactory was located at the Alloa Pottery, Clackmannanshire, a few miles East of Stirling, Scotland. See R K Henrywood, Relief Moulded Jugs 1820-1900, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, 1984, pp 47-48 for an explanation of the standard size/price codes noted on this design. The wholesale prices for jugs, teapots and other 'hollow ware' were set per dozen items of a nominal capacity of one pint. Items matching this standard size were marked '12'. Different sizes were offered pro rata to the standard dozen. Thus size mark '6' was for items twice the standard size, while mark '24' applied to items half the standard size, the higher the number the smaller the piece. Competition between potters resulted in 'inflation' in the actual capacity of standard size '12'. By the 1860s many size '12' items will be found to contain as much as three pints. In this design the last number, '4s', is probably an error for '42s', the smallest size normally manufactured. See design 217112 where the size range is from 12s to 42s.