A 3 piece Brown Aesthetic Transfer Pattern Staffordshire Soap Dish in the Melrose Pattern by G. L. Ashworth & Bros., 1884. The set considers of a footed bowl, an insert drainer and lid. The transfer on the lid and the pierced insert are dominated by a large scroll with cartouches of birds and flowers. The outside of the footed base show large flowers (roses). All 3 pieces are marked with a British Registry Number “12797” indicating that the pattern was registered in 1884.
All three pieces are in excellent condition: clean, with crisp transfers, rich color and no chips, cracks, lines or restorations. It is most unusual to find one of these dishes with its original, undamaged drainer. The dish measures about 5” x 5 ¼” and stands about 5” tall (top of the handle). The drainer insert measures 4 1/8” x 4”. In the original listing, I called it a 'butter dish'; on reflection, I think it is really a soap dish, making the overall condition and the survival of the insert even more remarkable! Slippery hands, you know!