This collectible antique porcelain decorator or display bowl was made by Ridgways of England. It is 8-3/4" in diameter and 2" deep on the inside, mostly brown in color. The rim has what appears to be a silvered edge all around. Its age is unknown (acquired in 1974, and was supposed to be an antique then). Our china cabinet is full and we have no place to display this item. We hope to find a good home for it. The display stand shown in the photo is included with the sale.
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-- Important NOTE: This bowl is an antique, for display only, not suitable for cooking or serving food! --
The maker's legend on the back of the bowl reads:
& Coaching Ways"
By Special Permission of
MACMILLAN & CY
It is one of a series depicting scenes from a book, "Coaching Days and Coaching Ways," published in 1888 by William O. Tristram. Information on the book, and its text, are available on the Internet. The scene pictured inside the bowl is entitled "Henry the Eighth and the Abbot of Redding." It depicts two men and a servant at a dinner table with the caption, "I would give 100 pounds could I feed so lustily on beef as you do."
(REMINDER: This bowl is an antique collectible, offered for decorator use only, NOT for cooking or serving food. We will not be responsible for any damage due to misuse or mistreatment.)
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