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Child's chafing dish

Child's chafing dish

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1912-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Aynsley & Sons Ltd (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transfer-printed and glazed porcelain set in a tin-plated copper base

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A. M. W. Morgan

  • Museum number:

    B.267:1, 2-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Teddy bears became very popular very quickly at the beginning of the 20th century. Images of teddy bears began to appear on all sorts of objects. The idea of bears behaving like humans took hold and resulted in images such as the ones on this chafing dish. The sporting activities of such bears included cricket, football, skating and golf. The dish performed a useful function as well as being decorative. When filled with hot water the metal base kept the child's food warm.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


1912-1918 (made)


John Aynsley & Sons Ltd (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Transfer-printed and glazed porcelain set in a tin-plated copper base

Marks and inscriptions


Object history note

References: See also B 268, 269 (1,2)-1997, part of same set
See also Misc.314 & A-1978 by J & G Meakin of Hanley, the cup of which has the roller-skating teddy motif found on B.269-1997

The donor found the pieces (B267/269-1997) when clearing a house belonging to distant relatives. She suggests that they are likely to have belonged to Albert Sedgwick, who was born in about 1904.
What is certain is that the addition of 'ENGLAND' to Aynsleys' mark dates the pieces from 1891 or later.

Descriptive line

Child's Chafing Dish; English, 1912-18

Production Note

Made by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd (by association with B.268, 269 (1,2)-1997)

Reason For Production: Retail


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Eating; Food vessels & Tableware; Ceramics

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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