Antique white ironstone 'Pure Butter' grocers display slab

Antique white ironstone 'Pure Butter' grocers display slab

A rectangular early 20thC Pure Butter slab, made of white ironstone pottery and decorated along the front edge with bold black under-glaze 'Pure Butter' lettering.


An early and attractive example in lovely condition, the typography is noticeably slender and fine compared to other examples.


Used by the turn of the century grocer, butcher and dairies before widespread refrigeration, these slabs were often placed outside overnight to chill before being adorned with butter, margarine, lard and butchers produce, the white glazed ironstone pottery keeping cool in the display cabinets throughout the day.


41.3cm wide (16-1/4")

31cm deep (12-1/4")

6.3cm thick (2-1/2")


A chip has been professionally restored on the left edge of the slab. There are some firing marks from manufacture, glaze crazing and wear commensurate with age, along with some light fat staining (predominantly a small patch on the top surface).

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