This pretty 19th century Spode tray (or teapot stand) is marked with the pattern number 3701 which dates it c.1823, according to Vega Wilkinson's Spode book. The Transferware Collectors Club data base identifies the pattern as "Willis". The border is called "Ship Border"
The pattern is a blue transfer which has been colored in with overglaze enamels and gilding. It is 10-1/8" (25.5 cm) long and 6-3/4" (17 cm) wide. It may have been made as an undertray for a small tureen, or possibly a teapot stand. It is impressed "SPODES NEW STONE".
The tray is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no wear, and no repairs. It rings when tapped. There is slight blue smudge (done in the making) which can be seen in the 2nd photo.
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