Vintage 1930s Floral Filigree Casserole Dish - W.S. George Canarytone Bakeware
The beauty of an almost-antique weathered bowl is that it really tells two stories in one and presents all of its life to you right up front like a good smile and a batch of laugh lines around the eyes.
This 1930s era casserole dish made by the American pottery, W.S. George, has all the lovely hallmarks of a good dish lived and loved.
Founded by William Shaw George in 1904, the W.S. George Pottery Company operated four plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania where they made dishes for both the domestic market and the hotel industry. Successful up until the mid-20th-century, W.S. George went bankrupt in 1955, and pieces today are a bit harder to find than most other potteries that operated during the 20th century.
Part of their canarytone series, which designated a shade of pottery that ranged in color from butter yellow to beige, this dish features colorful floral transferware and gold filigree designs. Originally, it would have come with a lid, making it one of the most efficient workers in the kitchen thanks to its ability to go from refrigerator to oven to table all in one felt swoop.
At some point during the past 90 years, it lost its lid and a tumble occurred resulting in a humble patch and repair job to one section of the rim. That, combined with the rich dark tanning of age and use and the delicate crazing lines gives this vintage bowl quite a sweet character.
Although you may no longer want to bake in such a well-loved piece these days, bowls with this aesthetic make lovely fruit and vegetable holders on the counter, egg containers in the fridge and eye-catching centerpiece containers on the table. Around here, we also like to use bowls like these for our pets food and water dishes. Everybody deserves a pretty dish - even our four-legged pals.
- Loopy gold filigree around rim
- Four sets of colorful florals bouquets that include blueberry, tangerine, butter, spring green, mint green, grape and raspberry
- Heavy weight
Please see notes above and all photos. The long-ago repaired chip (which measures1/2" inch (length) x 1/4" inch (width) is very strong and sturdy despite its hodge-podge look. There are a series of tiny chippy spots along the rim opposite the repaired patch. There are no other chips or cracks in the bowl itself, and overall it is in very strong and sturdy condition with plenty of years of use left in it:)
This dish measures 3.65" inches (height) x 7.75" inches (diameter) and weighs 2.1lbs.
Sharing the same aesthetic, this bowl looks so pretty in a fun mix-and-match kind of way with this vintage bakeware dish.