Also Called :

Butter Pats, Sauce Dishes, Spoon Rests

Rarity :


Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

Top Row-$140.-$160. Middle Row-$120.-$140. Bottom Row-$100.-$120.

Dimensions :

Top Row:  3 3/4″ square x 1″ high

Middle Row: 3 3/8″ square x 7/8″ high

Bottom Row:  3″ square x 7/8″ high

Weight :

Top Row: 4-5 oz.

Middle Row: 3 oz.

Bottom Row: 2 oz.

Provenance :

Top Row: 1985

Middle Row: 2013

Bottom Row:  James Julia Auction, Fairfield, ME-1988

Availability :


Description: 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.

This page discusses the three square dish types. The larger 3 3/4″ square dishes are mostly well painted in darker blues with incomplete scenes, no bridges and have sharp corners. The middle size 3 3/8″ squares are well painted, darker blue with bridges, rounded corners and the sides are bowed inward. The smaller 3″ dishes are lightly colored, have a complete scene, have rounded corners, and significantly they have a flower decoration on each of the 4 outsides. All types have rain cloud borders and glazed bottoms.

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