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Unusual Butter Tub / Egyptian Designs /Japan ? Circa 1930

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Art Pottery14 of 168 11" Stoneware Vessel/ Incised Design/ Signed S. Forbes with Unknown Impressed MarkRoyal Copley-Spaulding "Ivy Footed Vase" / Circa 1950
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Posted 12 months ago


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Found this little 4 1/2" covered dish at Salvation Army. It appears to have some age to it looking at the bottom and the glaze is finely crazed inside and out. I almost thought it was a piece of Nippon but it has no mark only some hard to read numbers stamped in the bottom. It's all hand painted in Egyptian themes in black on a yellow background.We have the Sphinx, the Pyramids and palm trees along with a few figures and an animal cart. It had a handle at one time which is now missing. Other than being a possible souvenir I have no clue as to the make or age. -Mike-

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  1. czechman czechman, 12 months ago
    Its a Butter Tub.. 1930's prob Japan.. Czech Potter's did Butter Tub's as well but I have only seen them with a flat Lid .. straight across rather than "dome" like your example. They also did a "Sahara" scene as well so I suppose it could be Czech Pottery but I feel it would be marked if it were Czech..
  2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 12 months ago
    Thanks czechman... My thought was it probably had a paper or foil label for Japan or whereever it came from.
  3. fishiowa fishiowa, 12 months ago
    I agree with Czechman, it is probably MIJ. The Czech versions are very similar, but as pointed out, the lid is flat. I haven't seen one that hasn't been marked if it were Czech.

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