Beginning in the 1840's, English potters began to ship white ironstone ceramic ware to the U.S., decorated with copper lustre bands and/or simple motifs, made exclusively for the American market. Anthony Shaw is considered to have produced the original tea leaf motif, registered in 1856. The tea leaf motif was made by dozens of English and American potters until the beginning of the 20th century.
This ironstone tea leaf gravy boat, circa 1870's, was made by Anthony Shaw & Son, England The pottery was established in 1851 and operated until 1900. It measures 7 1/2" in length from spout to handle, 4 1/2" in height and 3 1/2" in width. It is marked "Opaque Stone China - Anthony Shaw & Son - England. There are no cracks or repairs; near mint.
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