Memo states that the "last Portland Vase you have sent us is dented (cracked) in the body and is useless. It left us soured and how was it you polished it in its present condition?" Also included is a post script: "It is quite easy to tell whether they are sound by tapping them."
Additional notations, probably a copy of the reply, penciled in on right side of memo and dated "Sept 2nd/79".
"Gold Medal Paris Exhibition, 1878" -- typed in red ink along upper edge.
This item is in the Ray Grover research collection.
Ray Grover research collection
Part of a group of letters written 1877-1880 between John Northwood I and Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, during which time Northwood polished the pottery editions of the Portland Vase.
Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging May 2012.