H. Downie & Co.
This page shows the  'Downies' pot originating from Newcastle on Tyne
Henry Downie & Co was first recorded in local directories in 1851. He was born in 1829 in North Shields where he lived and later established his drug merchant business.
Three prices are listed on the pot, 1s 1½d and 2s 9d & 4s 6d, the latter two being plain pots with transfer printed lids. 

An article regarding the Downie's pot & pot lid appears in BBR magazine no. 52


H. Downie & Co

Universal Healing Ointment

1s 1½d


It is apparent from a photo that I have been provided with that there are two variations of pot lids produced by the company bearing very ornate transfers.




Universal Ointment

 (photo courtesy of fellow 



Auction Sales 
  • Downies, good condition, sold BBR auctions October 2010, for £414 
  • Downies, good condition, sold BBR auctions October 2009, for £525 


Further detailed information can be obtained from the Historical Guide to Deltware and Victorian Ointment Pots 
book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley, page 65.