This little 3" Victorian Butter Pat is in the "Dresden Hopfen" pattern by Alfred Meakin of England. Hopfen is the German word for Hops, the flowering vine used in brewing beer, and also the leafy vine in this pattern. Dresden is a German city where the Hopfen plant flourished as well as being known for the home of fine china and pottery. The transfer pattern is a grayish color (almost grayish green) trimmed in black and highlighted with gold. The pattern is very similar to the Alfred Meakin "Oban" and a few other patterns around that time period. The Meakin mark is a version of the globe backstamp used from 1875 to 1891. This antique butter pat is without nicks, chips or breaks. Much of the Alfred Meakin from this era was plagued with crazing. This piece does have very light crazing as would be expected but no stains that are often associated with it. The butter pat still has the design fully intact and the glaze nice and glossy. Other pieces of the pattern are shown in the last photo and are listed separately in this shop.
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