Antique Early 20th Century Ironstone Grimwades Advertising Pie Funnel – Rare Double Sided Example
A rare double sided Edwardian ironstone pie vent advertising its maker, Grimwades, in the distinctive green transfer print on the front and the shop it was produced for on its back.
The popular pie funnels were typical of the pie vents and funnels made at the beginning of the 20th Century, with slender chimneys to allow steam to escape during the pie making process. Typically, most pie vents at this time were plain, although manufacturers soon recognised these could be used as a form of advertising for them, so they would add text explaining the virtues of their own versions.
In this example by Grimwades of England, the text reads:
“THE IMPROVED POPULAR PIE FUNNEL CARRIES AWAY THE STEAM AND LEAVES THE PIE CRUST AS LIGHT AND FLAKY INSIDE AS ON THE SURFACE”
These Grimwades versions, with the green transfer print, are now very rare. It’s even rarer to find a specially commissioned version like this, also advertising the J.T.McKittrick General Stores in South Grafton. What’s strange about this example is that it was made in England, but the shop was located in Australia. They were perhaps ordered in bulk or sent as a gift from family members who remained in the UK.
This piece is in exceptionally good condition, with no hairlines, cracks or crazing. The text, although it has faded slightly on the back, is still very clear. And it is in lovely clean condition, with only some slight discoloration to the inside and top of the chimney from use.
Height, 8.5cm; Width, 6.5cm
UK delivery included; international delivery £23 maximum depending on location.