2011: Another original Cole pot!

This page tells the story of how another original Cole pot, more than 60 years old, found its way back to the family in 2011.

Neil Brame with the pot from the Cole Potteries in Tottenham that he inherited from his father.

Neil Brame with the pot from the Cole Potteries in Tottenham that he inherited from his father.

Pots from the Cole potteries in Tottenham were created for outdoor use in all weathers and were not frost-proof. So, as the pottery closed more than half a century ago, its intact pots are extremely rare.

Yet in 2011, Neil Brame from Chichester contacted me via this website having found one in a stock of terracotta pots which he inherited from his father. He generously offered it back into the Cole family.

Neil Brame's Cole pot showing the lettering TOTTENHAM COLE round the edge

Neil Brame's Cole pot showing the lettering TOTTENHAM COLE round the edge.

Of the four Cole pots which had already found their way back into the family via this website, one was given to my cousin Richard Cole who instigated the reproduction Cole pots and very much wanted an original of his own, and the three others are in my keeping, to be willed to younger members of my family.

Neil Brame wrapping the Cole pot for transit to John Cole

Neil Brame wrapping the Cole pot for transit to John Cole.

Neil's original Cole pot goes to my cousin John Cole for one of his sons.

All the pots are subtly different. It was said that one could recognise individual potters from their pots, and I can understand this from those that I have seen. Neil's (now John's) is a 7 inch one, ie its top external diameter is 7 inches.

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