As the need for a round butter dish changed, these round antique butter dishes with domed lids are often been used as a covered dish for muffins or as a cheese server.
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 pattern 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 but this dish and lid actually have very little. The covered dish is overall still in very good condition but does have some rough and discolored areas. Specifically, the lid has two small areas at the rim that are rough and also discolored. The edge of the bottom dish is scalloped and has an embossed design. There is also some roughness and discoloration at the very edge of the bottom that is mostly underneath. The inner rim of the bottom dish also has discolored areas that are predominantly covered while the lid is in place. The gold trim on both pieces shows little wear. The bottom measures 7 3/8" across. With the lid on, the piece is 4 1/4" tall.
Alfred Meakin Windermere Round Covered Butter or Cheese Dish