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Wedgwood leaf shaped pickle dish. Item 4147.
This Wedgwood leaf shaped pickle dish is a rare survivor dating from around 1770. Pickles were served to diguise the taste of stale food, or to enliven otherwise bland food. The leaf shape replaced those of a scallop shell shape, which in turn replaced the original, actual scallop shell. It measures 126mm in length and is 98mm wide. This dish has three small hairline cracks, as shown in the photos, the longest being about 12mm long. There are also some little nibbles to the edge and a small chip to the footrim.