'Mechans Ltd.' ironstone pottery lifeboat
A rare white ironstone pottery presentation lifeboat, mounted on a wooden plaque advertising 'Mechans Ltd. Scotstoun Iron Works, Glasgow'.
Established in 1862 by Arthur Mechan at Cranstounhill and incorporated into a limited company in 1904, in 1914 Mechans were noted as 'General engineers & boatbuilders. Specialities: marine, gold mining, water, cyanide and sugar plants. Employees 1,700'.
One of the heavy engineering giants of Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde, magazine and paper adverts from the turn of the century show that they made everything from steel pipes for gas, sewage and water to frames & parts for the recently invented motor car. Specialising in marine engineering, their ships telegraphs and lifeboats were used by most of the major shipping lines of the time, which are listed on the wooden plaque of this presentation lifeboat - 'Canadian Pacific, Blue Funnel, Cunard, Shaw Savill & Port Line'.
A scarce and unusual display piece, they were likely to have been produced in small numbers and given to shipping line headquarters for presentation in boardrooms.
28cm long (11")
10.2cm wide (4")
29.5cm wide (11-5/8")
13.4cm deep (5-1/4")
In very good condition, there is a small firing split line on the inside of the back of the boat, but the pottery is perfect otherwise. Some wear and marks commensurate with age, with what appears to be remains of a lacquer on the boat which has turned yellowish over the years.
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