Joseph Brearley / Balmforth's Ointment 
This page shows the  'Balmforth's' ointment pot originating from Halifax in Yorkshire 

Balmforths Ointment was sold by two chemists based in Halifax, Yorkshire. The first was a Thomas Garlick whose business was taken over by Joseph Brearley, who continued to trade until the early 1900's.
The pot is printed on both sides, one side showing the Balmforth's Ointment and its cures, and the other side showing the chemists details and the retail price.
One of these very rare pots was dug in 2008, see article in ABC magazine magazine no. 32.  An earlier reference is also made in the BBR magazine no. 77


Balmforth's Ointment


Price 1s 1½d

Very rare




 Auction Sales
  • Balmforths /  J. Brearly, base & rim chips, sold BBR auctions January 2009 for £392 
  • Balmforths /  J. Brearly, Very grey staining (burnt?), large base chip, sold bay March 2013 £371


Further detailed information can be obtained from the Historical Guide to Delftware and Victorian Ointment Pots 
book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley, page 46