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Butter dish

Butter dish

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1939 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression moulded Bakelite

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Butter dish with lid made from yellow-brown Bakelite. It has a circular base and slightly flared sides. The body has vertical ribs on the outside for decoration and for extra strength. The gently domed lid has a moulded design consisting of a pair of flying ducks above the word 'Butter' (in script), with bullrushes and a pond edge below.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1930-1939 (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Compression moulded Bakelite

Marks and inscriptions

Moulded on lid



Diameter: 13.2 cm with lid, Height: 7.5 cm

Object history note

Fred Bulmer, a collector based in Leeds, Yorkshire, offered his collection of ‘plastic antiques’ to the V&A in late 1982. The Museum chose to purchase 59 objects from Bulmer the following year (for acquisition papers see MA/1/B3395). The objects were divided among the Museum’s collections according to object type: Furniture and Woodwork taking 26 objects (W.50 to 75-1983), Metalwork 18 objects (M.49 to 66-1984) and Ceramics and Glass 14 objects (C.41 to 54-1984).

Descriptive line

Butter dish, yellow-brown Bakelite with ducks flying over a pond; unknown manufacturer; England, probably 1930s


Bakelite; Phenolic


Compression moulding

Subjects depicted

Ponds; Ducks; Rushes


Plastic; Containers; Food vessels & Tableware; Household objects

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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