Last updated November 2005
In his unique and immensely valuable book "THE
PRICE GUIDE TO BLACK AND WHITE POT-LIDS" ISBN
1 85149 008 6 first published in 1977 Ronald Dale lists more than
2300 potlids approximately 1264 of which are diagrams taken from
a manufacturers catalogue.
In the ensuing 25 years diggers and collectors
world-wide have probably "unearthed" more than 1000 additional
previously unrecorded lids.
Generally speaking the more decorative and colorful
a lid, the more collectable and pricy it becomes and its value is
certainly not established by its rarity as some
lids of which only one example is known are not even worth a second
To place some perspective on this branch of collecting,
the most commonly found lid in South Africa is the White Rose Paste
of S. Maw which can be easily purchased in antique shops, at antique
fairs, or from collectors for as little as R 200. South Africa's
scarcest and most prized lid of which only 3 examples are known
is pictured below. A perfect specimen, dug in Pretoria fetched £
1400 at auction in the U.K. during July 1999.
The following are some of the more interesting
and ornate British Lids dug in South Africa.
As of September 2003 we have added a new feature
which enables you to find out more about certain lids... simply
hold your mouse over an image to see if more information is available.
Where applicable the manufacturers name is used
for alphabetical positioning making it more easy to see how many
lids are attributable to any given manufacturer.