Here is an interesting item for the creamware collector. Strainers like this were made of creamware for utilitarian purposes: lemon juice straining, egg separating, and ones such as this, for straining cream in the dairy. Usually these are plain, but this one has a painted green border with black line.
At this period of history, it was considered a genteel occupation to be doing dairy work as part of the household chores, which may account for this being a step above a plain creamware piece. And even if relegated to the dairy maid, the creamware had a more sanitary appearance than other materials.
The piece is very thinly potted, roughly circular with two pouring lips, and a fine pierced straining section. Amazing that a "kitchen tool" so delicate would survive.
Unmarked, but probably from the Staffordshire district ca. 1800.
Size: Approximately 7.5" at widest, 1.25" deep.
Condition: Some small flakes at edge. No other chips, cracks or repairs.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.
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