Offered here is the irresistible Pansy Chintz pattern in a pierced handle Sweetmeat Dish by Lord Nelson Ware, England. An all-over design of medium blue pansies with dark blue to deep purple centers are connected with pale, trailing greenery covering the inside of the bowl and up onto the rim. The curves and angles of the edge of the rim are trimmed with a narrow gold band. The sides of the dish bend outward to form the rim, and the pierced handles curve out at each end.
This charming little candy dish measures 6-7/8 inches long across the handles and 5-1/2 inches side to side. Just shy of 1-1/2 inches deep, it is perfect for after dinner mints or any other small bonbon.
Made by Lord Nelson, England, a trade name of Elijah Cotton, it is stamped in black under the glaze “BCM/Nelson Ware Made in England” with a Gold Circular mark reading “Lord Nelson Ware Made In England Pansy 2207.” This mark was used by from about 1930, when the Pansy pattern was introduced, to circa 1956. There is also a hand-painted blue “M” or “W.”
As is common in Chintzware, there is non-discolored crazing covering the dish. This is mostly visible on the backside using a magnifying glass and is very difficult to detect within the pattern. There is a pale orange stain on the underside of one handle, and there are a few stray marks that seem to be under the glaze on the backside of the rim. There is a slightly discolored glaze pop near these marks, and a couple of non-discolored glaze pops in the bottom of the bowl. There is very little wear on the gold trim, and there are no chips or cracks.
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