Three very decorative salt glaze tree stump/strawberry planters circa 1868.
These planters are all in good condition, there are some slight chips but this is not uncommon with this material.
One of the planters is stamped with a Registration Design diamond mark and having researched this I have found that it was produced on 3rd June 1868 by a company in Haltwhistle, Northumberland called W Hudspith South Tyne Works. The photos include the registration mark and also images of the original jardiniere and the Brickworks where made.
This company grew from employing 20 workmen in 1861 increasing to 44 by 1881, making bricks, tiles and troughs.
The tree stump planters were well known in the area and it appears that it was quite a status symbol to own one and have it displayed in your garden, some of which were in gardens in and around Haltwhistle!
They are great, unusual decorative pieces and can be planted with either strawberry plants or any plant of your choice.
Size of largest planter:
Height: 27'' / 68.5cm
Width: 19'' / 48.25cm
Depth: 14'' / 35.5cm