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Cheese was eaten daily in large wealthy households and the cheese coaster or cradle would have been a necessity. They were crescent-shaped, sometimes with a division and were made in a variety of materials, although often in mahogany. They had either four brass castors to the base, sometimes covered with leather, or were flat with the base covered with baize. These coasters would hold half a stilton cheese or similar, standing up on end thereby making it easier to cut and some cut bread and would be rolled up and down the centre of the long dining room tables. In the same way, decanters in coasters would also be rolled up and down.
Pontypool ware came about through the establishment of the workshops of Edward Allgood in Monmouthshire in the 1730s. Imitation lacquer or japanned work on a variety of materials had increased in popularity during the beginning of the 18th century. Allgood and his brother experimented with a slightly thicker tin and repeated firings at lower temperatures, resulting in a silky smooth yet granite-hard surface. After Allgood retired in 1760, Pontypool continued to be an area synonymous with superb quality pieces for the households of the nobility and gentry.
|Height||16.50 cm||(6.50 inches)|
|Width||42.00 cm||(16.54 inches)|
|Depth||28.00 cm||(11.02 inches)|