A really exceptional old Staffordshire meat platter in the Blue Willow pattern depicting the more "evolved" rendition of the blue willow legend--the one that included three boatmen, two doves, the apple tree and the fence. There is a small "10" stamp underneath and what looks like a spoked wheel impression, but the actual manufacturing firm is unknown at this point (help?). It measures 14"X18" and nearly 2" deep at the well.
This platter has seen plenty of use, yet, has miraculously escaped any serious damage--chips, cracks, fading, bad knife cuts. Its only "faults" fall under the category of charming, idiosyncratic original evidence of hand manufacture, not damage. There is a prominent registration error line in the blue transfer that runs diagonally across the upper left edge. There are numerous air bubbles in the glaze, some use scratches and the fore-mentioned glaze wear in several spots of the bottom from being slid heavily laden with beefy joints and Christmas goose. When tapped with a piece of wood or fingernail it "rings" true all around so there are probably no hidden stress cracks or hairlines.
Item ID: COC-243
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