Rare Antique Early 20th Century Large White Ironstone Pure Milk Pail By Parnall & Sons
This English white ironstone ‘Pure Milk’ pail, produced by Parnall & Sons, is an extremely rare find.
Dating from the early 20th Century, this white ironstone milk pail, with sculpted scrolled handles, is a very rare survivor which is in remarkable clean condition.
With an under glaze transfer of grazing cows taking centre stage on this antique ceramic milk, it is framed by large lettering for ‘Pure Milk’ underneath. The black transfer print is still exceptionally clear, especially considering it is over 100 years old.
Produced by Parnall & Sons, who were renowned shop outfitters at the time, this would have been used by a dairy or grocers shop to store milk available for sale. The large transfer mark for the firm sits underneath the pail.
Given the fact these pails were in daily use, it is hard to find them in good condition. More often than not, they have handles missing or significant cracks.
This example is actually in very solid condition. There are no cracks. There is light crazing all over but it is, on the whole, very clean. There is just some light staining inside and on the underside. Firing marks from where the pail would have sat on a tripod can be seen on the base, as well as general wear to the base rim.
There are two chips to the top rim which are about 1.5cm in length. But the pail has been priced with these in mind and is otherwise in very good condition and is not something that becomes available all that often.
Overall, it’s a great antique piece which adds a real sense of grandeur used around the home as a decorative piece in modern times.
Width, 40cmm (21cm at base); Depth, 37cm; Height, 28cm
UK delivery included; international delivery £100 maximum depending on location.