Number 87 appears in two shape books - seen here, and below. Both books are believed to be very early, dating from 1934, the year numbering began. This book is the earlier of the two and contains mostly PPP shapes. Despite the lack of a sketch the first shape must surely be this spiral-handled flask. The second shape appears to be a mug, superseding the flask whose entry is crossed out. This mug differs, however, from the large straight-sided mug shown in the other book.
87(Early Series / PPP) Flask, bulbous body, long neck with two spiral handles.
Does this shape appear in other series? No. Decorative spiral handles are almost totally confined to the PPP range. For more examples click here.
Base marked 87, not incised but pencilled, under glaze.
No PPP stamp.
Un-numbered, stamped PPP.
87(Early Series) Conic-shaped mug (?)
Does this shape appear in other series? No - (none recorded).
Known only from the second shape-book entry above. Based on other entries in the same shape book, it is more likely to be PPP than Remued.
Dimensions; unknown, but judging by its 14 ounce clay weight, quite large for a mug.
Shape book 'PPP'
Collection; Lynne Cumming
No PPP stamp.
87(Early Series) THREE SHAPES
This is one of those Early Series numbers that were re-assigned to new shapes. Commonly a number became vacant when PPP was discontinued in 1934 and was later re-assigned to a Remued shape. Here however the picture appears more complicated - see the discussion below regarding shape-book entries.
Trudy Viles, from trove.nla.gov.au
Part of an ad in the 'West Australian' newspaper. From late 1932, before the introduction of shape numbers. The 87 shape is seen in the middle of the second group. The others include shapes as yet unknown.