This is rare! I've have been able to find only one other slightly different example of "Standard Willow" in early Mason's wares. Plus, marked examples of "Mason's Cambrian Argil" are scarce, and date c. 1820.
This shell-shaped pickle dish is about 4-3/4" wide and 5-1/4" long. It is in excellent condition. There is a tiny chip to the foot rim on the back, and some odd discoloration and blue marks (on the back only).
It's impressed "Mason's Cambrian Argil". I've read that In 1818 a fine white clay was found in Wales, which was used by Staffordshire potters and became known as Cambrian or Welsh Clay and sometime Argil from argillaceous, a geological term for clay or clay bearing strata.
Note: In the book "Miles Mason Porcelains" by Skinner & Young, there is a photo of a similar earthenware pattern* on Page 91. It is
impressed Mason & Wolfe and dates c.1796-1800. *from the Geoffrey Godden Reference Collection. However, it does vary from this pattern.
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Rare "Mason's Cambrian Argil" Pickle Dish, Unrecorded Standard Willow Pattern, Georgian c 1820
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