DISHES-HOT WATER (Octagonal, Shallow)

These shallow octagonal Hot Water Dishes do not have covers. To use, hot water would be poured into the bowl thru the spout which would help to keep food warm. There are 6 flowers arranged around the outside rims. The bottoms are glazed. These HWDs are very nicely decorated. They vary very little in size and are quite common.

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DISHES-HOT WATER (Octagonal, Deep)

These deep octagonal Hot Water Dishes do not have covers. To use, hot water would be poured into the bowl thru the spout which would help to keep food warm. There are 6 flowers arranged around the outside rims. The bottoms are glazed. These HWDs are very nicely decorated. They vary very little in size and are quite common. They are deeper by about 1" than the shallow HWDs, this means more hot water and a warmer dinner!

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DISHES-HOT WATER (Covered, Octagonal)

These octagonal Hot Water Dishes have octagonal tops. The tops fit into an inset rim (the left example has a deeper inset). First, hot water would be poured into the bottom bowl thru the spout, food placed on the dish and the top placed. Unlike other Hot Water Dishes without covers, these would keep the food warm for a longer time.

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DISHES-HOT WATER (Covered, Oblong)

This mamouth, covered oblong Hot Water Dish has an oblong top. The top fits into an inset rim. First, hot water would be poured into the bottom bowl thru the spout, food placed on the dish and the top placed. Unlike other Hot Water Dishes without covers, these would keep the food warm for a longer time.

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DISHES-HOT WATER (Covered, Round)

These round Hot Water Dishes have round tops. The tops do not fit into inset rims. First, hot water would be poured into the bottom bowl thru the spout, food placed on the dish and the top placed. Unlike other Hot Water Dishes without covers, these would keep the food warm for a longer time.

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DISHES-HOT WATER (3 Pieces, Foo Dog, Brass Handles)

A very unusual and very rare Hot Water Dish made up of 3 pieces. First, hot water would be poured into the bottom bowl, food placed on the dish and the top placed. Unlike other Hot Water Dishes without covers, this one would keep the food warm for a long time. This example is extraordinary as all 3 pieces are in perfect condition with its original pair of twisted brass wire handles. If any of the 3 pieces is missing its value is substantially reduced.

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DISHES-COVERED SAUCE

Frankly, we do not know the purpose of this covered dish or really what to call it. The bottom is thick and sturdy whereas the top is thinner. The bottom has an inset edge into which the top fits perfectly. Only the top has the rain cloud border and there is no outside decoration on the bottom sides. The bottom is glazed. The top has a flat blue knob. We date it to the late 19th Century.

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DISHES-CELERY (OCTAGONAL)

Several names have been given to these elongated octagonal, narrow dishes: Celery, Relish & Eel. Take your pick but, over the years I have heard celery used the most. There is another variation of these celery, relish, eel dishes, the elongated oval dish which is discussed on another page. They are even rarer than these octagonals. Celery dishes are quite scarce and are seldom seen. They all have unglazed bottoms.

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DISHES-CELERY (Elongated Oval)

Several names have been given to these elongated oval, narrow dishes: Celery, Relish & Eel. Take your pick but, over the years we have heard celery used the most. There is another variation of these celery, relish, eel dishes, the elongated octagonal celery dish which is discussed on another page. They are more common than these ovals. Elongated oval celery dishes are rare, these two are the only ones we have seen. They all have unglazed bottoms.

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DISHES-BUTTER PATS (Square Shape)

So far we have seen 4 different shapes of Butter Pats: square (3), round (4), diamond (1) and quatrefoil (2). The figures in parenthesis indicate significant sub-categories in each shape. The "squares" have three: 3 3/4" large dishes with no outside decoration, 3 3/8" middle size with no outside decoration and smaller 3" dishes with 4 flower outside decorations. The "rounds" have four: heavy 3" & 3 1/8" with unglazed bottoms and no rain cloud borders, deep-at least 7/8" with straight line borders, shallow-under 5/8" with straight line borders, shallow with bottom markings. The "diamonds" are only one category. The "quatrefoils" have two: outside decoration and no outside decoration.

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