An incredibly sharp and clear depiction of The Boston Tea Party -- in which American colonists raided British ships and tossed tea into the water in Boston Harbor -- covers the entire lid of this vegetable bowl from the Liberty Blue dinnerware set. This famous event was one of the trigger events at the beginning of the American Revolution.
Perfect for mashed potatoes, this large bowl is a full 9 inches across and 2.5 inches tall from table top to rim edge. The flat rim, decorated with a floral motif, makes a pretty edge to the domed lid.
Made in England, this dish is correctly bottom marked LIBERTY BLUE / MADE IN ENGLAND / BOSTON TEA PARTY around an eagle-topped shield confirming it is Staffordshire ironstone.
CONDITION: Even tilting and turning this in bright light, we could NOT find any surface marks from use. It certainly appears as if this may never have been used. The colors are terrific with no runs or misses, and the glaze is strong and bright. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs!
IMPORTANT: We did find (1) There are a few, very pale spots on the underside of the lid (SEE OUR PICTURE with the yellow arrow). These likely are simply from aging, common in this ware. The arrow points at the worst one - you must look HARD to find any at all. (2) SEE OUR LAST PICTURE: The finial has ONE fleabite/tiny nick on the outer edge; and there is crazing on the finial, but you must look hard to notice it. VERY IMPORTANT, there is no crazing anywhere else on either the lid or the bowl.
We were very lucky at an estate sale, and are passing our good fortune along to the customer who purchases this! Use it on the table for this price; or keep it until an absolutely MINT condition example comes along (but you will likely have to wait a while for that).
"Liberty Blue” chinaware was first manufactured in 1975 by Enoch Wedgwood in the Staffordshire District of England, to commemorate the 1776-1976 bicentennial celebration of the United States. Many different pieces of Liberty Blue were made, each with a different historical scene depicting life in colonial America. Its appealing deep blue color on brilliant white, with incredibly detailed artwork, reminds one of traditional English Staffordshire china of the 19th century and flow blue ware. Liberty Blue was exceedingly popular when it was first introduced, and its desirability has remained very strong among collectors.
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