Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fortnum meet Mason

I found this fabulous little {quite pricy} bowl a few years ago at a little antique store. 
I love it for Autumn because it has black writing that says Fortnum and Mason of Piccadilly.

We have family with the last name Mason so I think that is why I was drawn to it too!

Well I have been curios to know more about it.
Here's the story...
Piccadilly is a fashionable street in London with small boutique shops...

In 1705 Hugh Mason had a small shop in St James market and a spare room in his house. The Fortnum family had come to London from Oxford as high-class builders in the wake of the Great fire, 
helping to establish the St. James's and Mayfair areas as the most fashionable in London.
William climbed another rung by taking a post as footman in Queen Anne's household -and the room at Mr. Mason's.
The Royal Family insistence on having new candles every night meant a lot of half- used wax for enterprising footman to sell on at a profit. So while the Queen's wages paid the rent, William's enlightened sideline melted down enough into enough to start a respectable business.
The rest, as they say is grocery.

Interesting that they are still thriving after all these years... 
Hand washing only for this treasure...

Have a lovely afternoon,

1 comment:

  1. Gail I love this very special bowl with its plantings! Great information as well.

    I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Pumpkins from Love Feast!
    Art by Karena


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