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Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson
Staffordshire, England
Date/Period: 1799-1818


Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, entire view

Measurement: Height: 10.25"; length: 16"; width: 9"

Material: Creamware

Condition: Chips to ears, hairlines to base, else good especially considering age & use

Additional Information: Bear grease was a popular pomade or hair treatment for hair
loss in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and America. It was originally made from
bear fat scented with roses. The London chemist's firm of J & E Atkinson was founded
by James Atkinson in 1799, which originally sold pots of hair pomade made of bears'
grease and perfumed with otto of roses. Histories of the company frequently claim
James Atkinson used a live bear, chained to the pavement outside his London
premises, to promote the sale of his product. During the early 1800s, James Atkinson
advertised his Bear’s grease in chemist and druggist shops through the production of
ceramic show bears. This one depicts a polar bear standing in an icy landscape. An
identical model is part of the collection of the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical
Society.

$6,985.00

505-164


Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, entire view 2

Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, entire view 3

Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, entire view 4

Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, entire view 5

Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, detail view

Bear Grease and Cold Cream Advertising Model for James Atkinson Staffordshire, England, bottom view




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