Need help indentifying this Mercer Pottery piece

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Need help indentifying this Mercer Pottery piece

Post by padmaster on Wed May 13, 2015 2:21 am

This piece was recently handed down to my Mom. It was owned/used by the owner of the old Quinn Hotel in Fort Payne, AL.
She was told it is a butter dish. They would put ice under the perforated piece to keep the butter from melting. I have searched
the internet for similar pieces and could not find anything. If anyone can verify what it is and approximate age I would appreciate it.





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Re: Need help indentifying this Mercer Pottery piece

Post by NaomiM on Wed May 13, 2015 2:55 am

There is a small section here, half way down,
http://www.trentonhistory.org/Made/Marks.html

but it doesn't give a date. From the style of the piece, and the lack of a country of origin in the mark (for export purposes), I'd suggest 1900 give or take a decade.
It might be a butter dish, but not the sort of style we'd use in the UK so I don't know for sure. Might have been for a vegetable side dish , so they didn't sit in draining liquid?

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