An early 20thC white ironstone picnic butter pot. Used in prestigious Coracle brand hampers from the turn of the century to around 1930. The top edge of the lid has slightly impressed 'Butter' lettering arching around it, which has then been embellished with black under glaze detailing.
The foot is marked with the wonderful pictorial Coracle mark, a brand name of G.W. Scott and Sons. A fine wickerwork, basketry and luxury leather goods manufacturer, the company is best known for their 'Coracle' brand fitted luncheon and tea baskets, which were popular across Europe throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
One of the smaller size cylindrical pots the company produced, they often came in pairs with one lid marked Butter and the other Preserves, their diminutive size meant that in compact commissions the pot could be 'fitted' inside a tea cup set for four. The capacity and size of the pot available in the basket was scaled up according to how many people the hamper could cater for.
7.9cm Tall with lid (3-1/8")
7.3cm Lid diameter (2-7/8")
6.7cm Pot diameter (2-5/8")
The pot has fat staining, glaze crazing and wear marks commensurate with age and heavy use, but no chips or cracks. The lid is much whiter and cleaner, with the exception of a small fleabite to the underside of the rim.
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