Also Called :

Beefsteak Dishes, Hot Water Dishes

Rarity :


Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$700.-$900. with top.; $300.-$500. without top (all depending on size)

Dimensions :

Left to Right in picture of 4 HWDs:

Bottom: 11 3/8″ wide x 17 3/8″ long (including handles) x 3″ high

Bottom: 11 1/8″ wide x 15 3/8″ long (including handles) x 3″ high

Bottom: 8 1/2″ wide x 13 3/8″ long (including handles) x 2 1/4″ high;  Top: 7 1/8″ wide x 10″ x 3 1/4″ high;  Total Height: 5 1/4″

Bottom: 5 3/4″ wide x !0 1/8″ long (including handles) x 1 3/4″ high

Weight :

Left To Right of 4 HWDs:

Bottom only: 8 lbs. 11 oz.

Bottom only: 8 lbs. 7 oz.

Bottom: 4 lbs. 10 oz.; Top: 1 lb. 9 oz. Total: 6 lbs. 3 oz.

Bottom only: 2 lbs. 5 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right in picture of 4 HWDs:


Klein James Auction, CA-2012

Sotheby’s, NYC-1965


Availability :


Description: These covered oblong-octagonal Hot Water Dishes have oblong tops. The tops do not fit into inset rims but slide around on the bottoms. First, hot water would be poured into the bottom through 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.

The first picture shows a HWD with its top. The next picture shows 4 different sized dishes, with only one having its top. Next is the Campbell Soup can next to the largest HWD at 17 3/8″ long and weighing almost 12 lbs. for the bottom alone. The next to the last picture shows the two smallest HWDs, the smallest only 10 1/8″ long & the bottom weighing only 2 lbs. 5 oz. The last picture shows the pineapple knob that is on all the tops and it is easily grasped.

Both the tops and bottoms have the typical Canton scene but, only the bottoms have the rain cloud border. There are 6 flowers arranged around the outside bottom rims even on the smallest bottom. The bottoms are all glazed. Note that the spouts are always on the left side when looking at the Canton scene. The right hand handles always have a flower on them and unusually, the second from the left bottom’s handle has 5 holes in the flower unlike the other right side handles.

Note that if a top is missing the value of the HWD is reduced substantially. The bottoms are quite scarce but if they have their matching top and all are in good condition they are considered rare and expensive.

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