Treasure Chest Thursday: The Pewsey Salt Dish

This is the “Pewsey Salt Dish” which was given to us by my mother-in-law.
It belonged to someone in the Pewsey family – perhaps Rosanna Jeanette Pewsey Hollingsworth.  She was born in Canada in 1851.  Both of her parents, David Charles Pewsey and Alpharetta Althier Harmer were originally from England.
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It is fairly small. Of course, I have nothing to compare it to.  I don’t own a “salt dish” in my own tableware set.  Do you?

Apparently, these were used before people had salt and pepper shakers.  You could take a pinch of salt from the dish.

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I love the raised pattern just inside the rim.undefined

I had originally thought that this piece may have been brought with the Pewsey family from England.  After doing some research, I realize that could not be true.

It was made by Johnson Brothers in England.  From what information I could find online, this company began in 1882.  The Pewseys left England in 1843.  David died in 1887 and Alpharetta in 1891.  It still may have belonged to them.undefined

I did some more sleuthing on Replacements.com and Ebay.  I found that the pattern is called “Lace”  You will notice the name above the Johnson Bros stamp.  It appears that there is a newer pattern which is also called Lace, and so (Older) seems to be added to the description for this above pattern.

I couldn’t seem to figure out when this was produced though.  Are you a china expert?  Any ideas?

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