The presence of the hard-to-find master butter dish attracted us to this set and allowed us to overlook its less than perfect condition. Made of semi-vitreous porcelain and showing the crazing and age-staining that is often found on old Staffordshire pieces. The larger dish measures 4 1/2" by 5", the pats about 3" square.
The transfer design is typical of Johnson Bros. ware; brown floral with light tinting of red and yellow on the blossoms and a rope-like design decorating the flat sides of the squares. Edges are trimmed with gilding.
We hope the photos accurately show the condition of these pieces. Besides the natural aging, there is wear to the gold trim and also a rather severe chip on one of the pats which is shown circled in the photo.
Brown underglaze globe mark, pattern number RN122733