This unusual carved butter plate that may have English origin dates from the 1850 to 1875 period and is in excellent condition! I paired it up with a small cheese knife that has great form and is not commonly found.
The deeply recessed hand carved letters indicate an earlier piece of treen. Note the carved leaf pattern that surprises us as it gently curves around the plate adding further accents to this lovely piece as shown in image 4. It was fashioned from walnut and exhibits the most glorious patina lending a rich dark appearance.
This plate may have accommodated a separate dish that fit inside the recessed area to hold the butter. There is a small amount of a chalky white surface limited to the edges, located on the bottom of the plate as shown in images 6 & 7. This piece is in very good condition without any chips or cracks to report.
The knife sports a carbon steel blade that was mortised into the handle, secured by rivets therefore omitting the need of a ferule. The blade has darkened with age and possesses some discoloration along with minor surface rust as shown. The wooden handle is free of chips or cracks and this piece predates 1920.
This set, although a marriage does look great together and would be a terrific addition to your existing collection of treenware. This butter plate exhibiting hand carved detail lends artful flavor to this wonderful piece and the smaller size will fit anywhere of your choosing. Enjoy!
Butter plate measures 7” across (right to left), measures 6 ¾” front to back, stands ¾” tall and the raised hidden foot area on the bottom measures 5 ½” tall. Cheese knife measures 5 ¼” tall, blade at the bottom location measures 1” @ the widest point and the wooden handle measures ½” across.
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