HONEY POTS

These jars or pots are somewhat of a mystery as to their original use. Jane Wilson says they were jam jars. Herbert Schiffer does not picture them in his book. It is now generally believed they were made to hold honey. Intriguing are the 4 small holes in the top rims. It is believed string went through the holes to hang the pots up in the pantry to keep ants out! They are rare and costly.

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GARDEN SEATS (Hexagonal)

There are three different Garden Seats: Hexagonal, Barrel shape and 100 Antiques (also barrel shaped). This pair of hexagonals are just about the same size,19" tall and they weigh about 35 lbs., second only to tanks. Our dog Molly is watching over these beautifully decorated seats. Two sides and the top have the flowered circles with cutouts into the hollow interior and the other 4 sides just have the Canton scene. The tops have the rain cloud border and the bottoms are unglazed. Six flowers decorate around near the top and there are 12 bamboo leaf groups circling near the bottom. All garden seats have raised knobs and these seats have 96 on each. The knobs are both decorative and probably have the function of preventing chips or cracks if they are bumped into. All garden seats are rare and we would rank them in this rarity order among themselves: Barrel-least rare, Hexagonal next & 100 Antiques the rarest.

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GARDEN SEATS (100 Antiques, Barrel Shape)

There are three different Garden Seats: Hexagonal, Barrel shape and 100 Antiques (which is also barrel shaped). This example of a 100 Antiques garden seat is 18 5/8" tall and it weighs over 40 lbs., heaviest of the garden seats and second only to tanks. Our dog Molly is guarding this unusually decorated seat. The top and two opposite sides have flowered circles with cutouts into the hollow interior. There are also two panels with the Canton scene. The top has the rain cloud border and the bottom is unglazed. Four of the 100 Antiques items such as a scroll decorate near the top and there are 4 others circling the garden seat near the bottom. See four picturers of these items. Herbert Schiffer pictures a seat on page 136 of his book that has only bamboo leaves at the bottom. All garden seats have raised knobs and this seat has 65 knobs. The knobs are both decorative and probably have the function of preventing chips or cracks if they are bumped into. All garden seats are rare and we would rank them in this rarity order among themselves: Barrel-least rare, Hexagonal next & 100 Antiques the rarest.

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DISHES-VEGETABLE-COVERED (3 Pieces, Quatrefoil, Twisted Handles)

This is a 3 piece, covered, quatrefoil (4 loop), vegetable serving dish. It consists of a bulbous sided base that has 2 twisted handles and two Canton scenes; the shallow liner that has only rim decoration and fits loosely on the base and has a slight raised edge to hold the top on; and the top that has the Canton scene and a pineapple knob with a hole in it. All 3 pieces have the quatrefoil shape.

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DISHES-VEGETABLE-COVERED (3 Pieces, Oval, Square Handles)

These are 3 piece, covered, oval, vegetable serving dishes. They consist of the base that has 2 square handles and two Canton scenes; the deep liner that has a partial scene in the bottom and fits loosely on the base and has 4 holes to let air out and has a slight raised edge to hold the top on; and the top that loosely fits on the liner and has the Canton scene and a pineapple knob with a hole in it.

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DISHES-SWEETMEAT (4 Level Stack, Brass Ring)

These sweetmeat stacks are in the Canton pattern absent the rain cloud border. We have not seen any with that feature and the set in Herbert Schiffer's book does not have the rain cloud border either. The covers have a brass ring that is bolted through a hole and secured by a screw inside. Each piece in the stack had twisted brass handles on the sides. Each piece fits into the one below and are easily stackable. What is interesting is that all the bottoms are glazed and none have a flat bottom which would indicate it should be the bottom piece. We would like to see more examples to confirm this and that these stacks are only found in 4 tiers. They were used to serve hot foods. The first and second pictures show the front and back decoration, the third picture shows the handle sides and the brass ring standing up and with the Campbell soup tin to give perspective. The last picture shows the individual pieces, front left shows a bottom and front right is the cover.

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DISHES-SOAP (Round, Loop Knob, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. This round loop knob example we classify as "unique" as we have never seen others. The one pictured in Herbert Schiffer's 1975 book on page 87 is the one we bought from him in 1967. He classified the dish then as a "Covered Bowl" when, in fact, it is a soap dish. We gave him several pictures of rare forms for the book. Rectangular soap dishes are "rare" and are in Schiffer's book on page 72.

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DISHES-SOAP (Round, Flat Knob, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. These round examples we classify as " very rare" if not "unique" as we have never seen others and they are not pictured in Herbert Schiffer's book. Rectangular ones are "rare" and are in Schiffer's book.

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DISHES-SOAP (Rectangular, 3 Piece)

There are three different Canton soap dishes: rectangular, round with flat round knob and round with loop knob. All consist of 3 pieces: top, pierced liner and the base. All tops fit into inset rims and all bases (except loop knob dish) are unglazed. These rectangular examples we classify as "rare" whereas the other two are "very rare/unique"

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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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