A Portmeirion London Prints Kings Cigarette Box, Showing The Tower Of London.
This kings cigarette box is black and white with a motif of the Tower of London on the lid.
5 in (13 cm) x 4.25 in (11 cm)
x 2 in (5 cm)
London Prints was a Gray's design that Susan Williams-Ellis liked enough to warrant its continuation in the Portmeirion portfolio after purchasing the company in 1960, hence the Gray's makers mark on the base.
This fabulous St.Paul's design was originally part of a set of three designs which included Temple Bar and the Tower of London. The black and white transfers of detailed traditional engravings were used on the pink Sunderland-style lustre ware that Portmeirion continued to produce in the early 1960's. The St.Paul's print works spectacularly well on this cigarette box, with a glossy top glaze, showing off the wonderful print to perfection. Items with the London Prints designs were still advertised in 1964 and continued for only a few years after that before discontinuation.