Hidden Treasure rediscovered. This Minton tile of the 1870’s was exposed after being hidden for decades behind wallpaper and paint. These tiles are in the “canteen for working men” in the basement of the Minton Free Library in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Built across the street from Minton’s pottery works by the Minton family. Minton was one of the Staffordshire firms that exported millions of tiles to the US during the Victorian period. Such tiles could be used lineally for a fireplace surround or arranged into larger patterns for walls or wainscoting. English and American potteries produced tiles with many related motifs like this, including themes from literature and nature.
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