Wanted: I want a two-part enamelled tinware soapdish (white & blue trim)
It was "budget" ware - cheaper than china & dearer than uncoated tinware, but very long-lasting if cared for properly.
It was the stuff the average householder could afford to buy and thus was considered "cottage ware". Hundreds of thousands of Victorian-era cottages were kitted out with lots of it.
(The movie "Schindler's List", set in WW2, has scenes depicting plates & dishes undergoing the enamelling processes. These days, it is mostly only sold for use in Camping gear.)
Popular household items made in enamelled tinware from that era included: buckets, potties, laundry basins, pitcher & ewers, pissoirs, soapdishes, pudding bowls, mixing bowls, colanders, rectangular pie dishes, oven slides, pie plates, plates, bowls, pannikins, mugs, jugs, teapots, coffee pots, saucepans, frypans, griller-pans, egg-flips, soupladles.....the list is almost endless!
Many colour combinations were available: cream/black, cream/red, cream/green, green/green, white/blue, blue/blue, grey/blue, grey/black, grey spatter/black, etc.
I have a cottage ware boudoir set (goes on an old-fashioned wash stand), consisting of pitcher, ewer and potties (child size & adult size) all in whitish blue enamel with navy blue banding. My set is missing the matching two-part soap dish. This is what I want to obtain, if someone has the white with blue banding one they want to sell!
A soap dish made in enamel ware is typically rectangular with rounded off corners - approx 4.5 inches (11 cm) long x 3.5 inches (9 cm) wide x 1.5 inches (3 cm) deep
It has a 'strainer' insert that the soap sits on, which is very slightly smaller, so that it sits neatly within the outer dish. The strainer has (usually) 12 holes designed to let any water/soapsludge pass through & be caught in the dish below.
If someone has the white with blue banding one they want to sell (or even the pale blue/blue variety, or grey/blue variety!) to complete my set, I would be happy to purchase it, even if it has a couple of chips in the enamel - it does not have to be in perfect condition, but please, not rusted through. I intend to use it!
Any other colour versions would also be considered acceptable.
(The attached photos show a "wall mounted " version I also have in the wash house, to give a better idea of what the soap dish looks like. The tabletop version obviously does not have the part that has screws in it to mount it onto the wall.)
- Date Listed:23/06/2016
- Last Edited:23/06/2016
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