Keeling's Patent Substitute for Red and White Lead - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:25th of July 1796

Description:Improved Glazes

Printed notice by industrialist and inventor James Keeling. Here he makes various claims about an improved formula for ceramic glazes, which he has patented.

The glaze is 30% cheaper than those made from red or white lead.

Details of how to obtain the glazes are contained in the document.

Health and Safety

The main concern of the document is to highlight the health benefits of using non-lead based glazes.

This demonstrates manufacturers awareness of the appalling effects of lead on worker's health at the time.

No health and safety legislation existed to protect workers, including children, in factories at this time.

Not until the 1830s did legislation to protect workers (children) begin to take shape.

About this document

Burslem pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood collected this document, and it is now among the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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