I had a photo of a china plate with this scene transferred on it.
I always wanted to make this so decided to ask John if he could make the potato can, which he did.
The old man in tattered clothes and the little boy street sweeper with his brush, holding his hand out for the hot baked potato.
The potatoes were cooked in bakers ovens after the bakers had finished. The sellers had to rent their spots around London, they could make a lot of money selling the potatoes. The little boy would probably keep the potato in his pocket to warm his hands then eat it later for his supper.
The can had a vent for steam,salt,pepper and even butter in the can. The potatoes were kept warm with coals under the can.
I have patterns for the old man and the young boy in the pattern section.