This very large Booth's 'Indian Ornament' meat platter is a lovely piece and is so useful for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I know this because we have used it every Christmas for the last 20 years! I bought it in 'Criterion' our local auction house in Islington, North London when we moved there in 2001. I have used it frequently; mainly for turkeys but it has also seen a goose or two and many a large ham or joint of beef.
It is extra large being 20.5 inches (52 cms) long and 16 inches (40 cms) wide. It has a well and tree typical of large platters of the time so that the 'jus' drains from under the bird or roast or into the well so one can add it to the gravy. It sits on 4 raised 'legs' and one can keep the meat warm with a large piece of foil. I have never put it in the oven as even a cooling oven can make pottery craze. In any case it is so large I doubt it would fit in most ovens.
It is in excellent condition save a few scratches and a bit of historical crazing on the underside (see pictures). There are no chips or cracks. I am only selling it because when we moved recently I bought two new dinner services and both came with a large platter such as this.
Booth's pottery dates back to 1872 to the firm of Thomas Booth and Son and this piece is an early one. Booth's went through a variety of names, the initials of which are found in the centre of the typical 'garter' backstamp (see photograph). This makes it easy to date. Items are often impressed 'IRONSTONE' and were produced on a heavy, thickly potted body. Whether this is genuine ironstone is open to debate and would depend on the chemical composition of the materials used. The pottery was renamed in 1883 to TG F Booth following the inclusion in the partnership of Frederick Booth, Thomas' half-brother:
T. B & S - Thomas Booth & Sons - 1872-76
T.G.B. - Thomas G Booth - 1876-83
T.G. & F. B - Thomas G and Frederick Booth - 1883-91
Items produced after this date have the Booths 'crown' mark. The pottery continued to be active into the 1980s having amalgamated with Colclough along the way and then became part of Royal Doulton.
Indian Ornament is a very detailed pattern and two shades of blue are used. This reflects the depth of the engraving on the copper plate from which the transfer was taken, the shallower areas taking up less blue ink during the manufacturing process.
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19th Century Very Large TB&S Booth's Ironstone Turkey Platter, 1872-1876
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