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green Transferware Antique Victorian Staffordshire Dual Floral Urn / W Bucket Slop Pail


Brand Ridgways

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I think this antique piece is exquisite and stunning. It is a green transfer with hand enameled colors of pink, blue and yellow.  There are so many ways you can use it but first let's talk about what a slop pail is:

A slop pail / bucket was a large pail used to receive waste water from a washbasin or chamber pot. They were in use before bathrooms and part of the bath set which would comprise of a large wash bowl (about 15" diameter) and a large wash pitcher along with smaller pieces liek pin trays, soap dishes, etc. Water from the wash bowl, after bathing, would be poured into the bucket so that it could be carried away and more easily disposed of than it would be in a large bowl. Many pieces had an inner funnel shaped insert (like this one) that rested on the inner rim of the bucket and helped water from spilling or splashing out or caught a bar of soap when emptying the wash basin. Some of the inner pieces had small holes to so that when the waste water was poured into the bucket the bar of soap would be salvaged.

This antique slop pail was manufactured Circa 1860-1920 

It has An all over sheet or Chintz pattern in green transfer.  Flowers are hand painted in rich enamels of pink, blue and yellow.

Slop pails are perfect to use as bread bins, ice buckets, coolers, containers for a collection of rolling pins or large kitchen utensils, holding several rolls of toilet paper, planters, floral containers, trash bins...the list goes on and on. This urn was one I have used as a waste basket with a simple clear bag lining it.  It is beautiful!!! I've included some links below to show how I have used at home.

Measures: appx 14" handle to handle x appx 12" tall with lid in place.  It is HEAVY!

Condition: no chips or cracks. Remarkably good condition with what possible appears to be a professional repair to a crack inside of the pot.