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L.L. Morse
 
This page shows the  'Morse's' ointment pots originating from Swindon in Wiltshire.
 
 
Levi Lapper Morse was a well known and successful businessman based in Swindon dabbling in different forms of business from grocery to drapery, and furniture dealing.  
In 1907 he was listed in the Kelly's directory as being both a J.P. and a M.P.
 
Somewhere along the line, Levi Morse became involved in producing a herbal ointment, branded as Natures Own Remedy, and this product was sold in pots of three sizes with prices listed as 1/1½, 2/9 and 4/6. 
 
In the BBR magazine no.110 there is an interesting arcticle entitled "Morse Code" regarding these pots which originate from Wiltshire and also refers to the existence of a rare pot lid.

The black & white pot lid shows that the Morse's Herbal Ointment product was sold with prices of 2s 3d and 4s 6d and also states that the ointment was prepared by the Proprietor Stratton, Swindon, Wilts.
 
 

 



L.L. Morse

Price 1/1½

Smallest of the three sizes

Scarce

 
Morse's
 



L.L. Morse

Price 2/9

Middle of the three sizes

Rare

 
Morse's
 



L.L. Morse

Price 4/6

Largest of the three sizes

Very Rare


Morse's
 



L.L. Morse

Size comparison for the three pots

  • Large size 75mm
  • Mid size 62mm
  • Small size 46mm









 


 
Morse's

  


 
Auction Sales
  • Morse,      2/9 size, base chips, Sold Ebay Australia May 2011 for AU$ (£100) +p&p
  • Morse,      1 1/1½d size, base chips, Sold Ebay November 2011 for £31 +p&p
  
Further detailed information regarding the Morse's Herbal Ointment can be obtained from the Historical Guide to Delftware and Victorian Ointment Pots book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley, page 106.