As the need for a round butter dish changed, these antique butter dishes have often been used as a covered dish for muffins or as a cheese server. The round antique butter dishes with the domed lid are becoming more difficult to find.
The ornate handle of this round, paneled butter top is quite typical of the elegance of the Victorian Era and is reflected in other pieces of the pattern.
The green floral pattern is marked Windermere and is highlighted with gold. The transfer design was manufactured in the Victorian Era and continued at least through the early 1900's. The piece is marked with a crown backstamp used by Alfred Meakin of England during the 1890's and shows the maker as Alfred Meakin LTD of England. "Windermere" is within a second backstamp.
This early "semi-porcelain" was very prone to crazing. The bottom of the butter dish is quite an example of the fine crazing which might run throughout a piece but the lid actually has very little. I have found no chips or breaks. The lid has two small areas at the rim that are slightly rough and also discolored. I believe these were misses in the glaze that allowed the slight staining. The domed top is so very near perfect for it's age that these small areas of discoloration as well as a few glaze pops do not distract from or devalue. The bottom is also free of chips or breaks but there is discoloration, moderate crazing, and typical glaze pops. The discolored areas are predominantly covered while the lid is in place. The gold trim on both pieces shows little wear.
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