Vintage Purple Pansy Gravy Boat circa 1930s/1940s
In the language of flowers you can't get any sweeter than the pansy when it comes to the vintage kitchen. All pansies represent nostalgia, thoughtfulness and remembrance and the purple ones symbolize royalty and nobilty.
Gravy boats are the cutest little characters in the kitchen. They come in all sizes, all shapes, and all colors and each one offers its own distinct vibe when it comes to table decor and display.
This one features swags of purple pansies on both sides with gold stripe accents on the rim and handle. Marked USA on the bottom, this purple pansy pattern was used by a few different potteries in America and Canada. Most likely dating to the 1930s/1940s era, it was not uncommon for multiple potteries to use the same pattern especially if one particular design was realizing a peak in popularity. Back then, everybody raced to create and sell the most dishes they could that had trendy appeal and if that meant "sharing" patterns, so be it. All was fair in love and unpatented ceramic designs.
The wide body of this gravy boat is very accommodating for an ample serving of gravy for sharing at the table and it bears a special hand-touched mark (see the condition section) that denotes its loyal service in kitchens of the past. This shape is also nice if you wanted to repurpose the boat for use as a vase or succulent garden holder or just a general container for pantry or cupboard organization.
- Colors inside sage, mint, lavender, butter yellow, whip cream white, grape, grey and lemon yellow
In beautiful vintage condition. There are no cracks or stains and it is very clean inside and out. There is the tiniest evidence of a chip (less than 1/8th" inch) on the rim (near the spout where the gold stripe appears) but is barely noticeable and was pretty tricky to try to photograph based on its location. The gold detailing on the rim and handle bears some rub marks - most lovely on the handle where over years of use, the gold has worn away in the spot where someone's finger would have held the handle to pour the gravy. We just love handtouched marks like that! Please see photos.
Measures 8" inches (length spout to handle) x 4" inches (width) x 2.75" inches (height) and weighs 9 oz.