Antique Victorian White Ironstone Bucket or Pail, Ideal as a Champagne Cooler

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A lovely condition large Victorian white ironstone slop bucket, with its original lid and wicker handle, which could serve a multitude of uses in today’s modern home.

These wonderful ceramic buckets or pails were originally used for disposing of waste water, particularly after bathing, when bathrooms were uncommon. Their sloped lids helped to ensure the water did not spill when it was being carried away.

This lovely white ironstone version is very solid and heavy with wonderful scrolled handles which are an integral part of the piece. The antique pail also still has its original wicker handle.

The large size of this bucket makes it perfect for use as an ice cooler for wine or champagne, comfortably able to hold up to three bottles at the same time. Together with its lid, it could also be used for straining honey or foodstuffs. Its large and imposing size mean it also looks perfect on display or as part of a white ironstone kitchenalia collection.

Considering the age of this ironstone pail, it is in very good condition. There are no chips or dents. There is crazing all over the pail, both inside and out, as is very common. In some places, there are more notable surface cracks to the glaze. The wicker handle has come loose at one end, but there is no risk of this unravelling further. Most notably, there is a hairline in the base of the bucket. However, this does not affect the integrity of the piece, having been tested full of water.

Width, 31cm (at widest point)
Height, 27cm (with lid); 23cm (without lid)

Height, 31cm (at widest point); Height, 27cm (with lid), 23cm (without lid).

A very heavy item so UK delivery is £20.00 via Parcelforce, please ask for an international quote.




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