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Rare Antique Royal Doutlon War Time Butter Dish

Rare Antique Royal Doutlon War Time Butter Dish

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A poignant and nostalgic collectable butter pat or dish made by Royal Doulton during the Great War in 1917.

Designed to serve as a butter dish for a family of ten people, its small size - measuring just 11cm in diameter - aimed to highlight the sacrifices needed by the families at home in supporting the war effort through rationed food supplies.

The front reads:

"SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE RT HON D. LLOYD GEORGE PRIME MINISTER. I have no hesitation in saying that economy in the consumption and use of food in this country is a matter of the greatest possible importance to the Empire at the present time."

On the back:

"Made by the girls of Staffordshire during the Winter of 1917 when the boys were in the trenches fighting for liberty and civilization."

The dish is in excellent condition, with no hairline cracks or chips. There is some very light crazing all over, plus a couple of areas where the glaze has run, including a typo to the word 'possible'. However, at the time of the war, this certainly wouldn't have been a reason for the plate not to go into circulation. Indeed, this irregularity makes ir quite a rare piece.
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