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Outstanding Ironstone Pure Milk Pail with Black Cow Transfer


Whether you are a collector of grocer/dairy ironstone or looking for something special as an advanced collector, this is it. Measuring 13" in diameter and 9.5" high, this is smaller than most pails. "Pure Milk" pails seldom surface and those that do are usually larger. Along with its smaller size, this one is particularly nice due to the black transfer of the pair of cows and pasture scene. Transferware pieces can sometimes have blurred images; however, this transfer is highly detailed and completely clean. "Pure Milk" is boldly printed under the cow transfer in block letters. This lettering is also crisp and clear. The base pail has molded bands/ribbing indicative of barrel staves. Foot baths and pitchers are sometimes seen with this same banding motif. Nicely molded handles are applied to each side of the pail. Pure Milk pails were used commercially used in grocery stores or dairies. Pure milk was the milk which had been separated from the cream. Another pail would have been nearby to hold the cream. Another pail would have been displayed with "New Milk" which would have been the milk prior to cream separation. Other commercial pieces such as Pure Butter, Margarine, Butter, and unlabeled slabs would have also been present. These were very special even during the 1800's when they were used. Very few were produced and fewer exist today. Since they were commercially used, these pieces are scarcely found without damage as they had hard use and were not as treasured as personal pieces. Thus, this one is exceptional as it has no damage and no staining. It has absolutely no issues. Truly an exceptional piece for an advanced collector or for someone who wants one special piece. Perfect for a kitchen or sideboard for either decoration or to hold fruit. Please see our other listings for other possible grocer or dairy slabs. We professionally package and can easily, safely ship any item, fully insured, within the US.


13" diameter x 9.5" high


Pristine Condition. No chips, cracks, stains, or repairs. Normal wear to base.

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