Parnall & Sons white ironstone 'Margarine' grocers slab

Parnall & Sons white ironstone 'Margarine' grocers slab

A square early 20thC grocers display slab, heavily made in white ironstone pottery with beautiful under-glaze black transfer 'Margarine' lettering along the front edge. 


Used by the turn of the century grocer & butcher before widespread refrigeration, these ironstone slabs were often placed outside overnight to chill before being adorned with large blocks of butter, margarine, lard or other butchers produce. 


The underside is marked with a black transfer trapezoid Parnall mark -

'Parnall & Sons Ltd, West Smithfield, London E.C.1, Works Fishponds Bristol.'


A nicely proportioned antique slab with a deep dished edge and striking typography, good original examples in this square form are becoming increasingly difficult to find.


Top edge:

35cm (13-3/4") x 35.5cm (14")

Bottom edge:

35.5cm (14") x 36.2cm (14-1/4")


6.2cm (2-1/2")


A chip on the right edge near the front corner has been professionally restored, but it could still easily be used as a cheese board or for serving with the top wiped clean. There is a manufacturing firing line in the underside running along one edge, along with some glaze craze striations in the top surface and other minor age related marks and wear. This all adds to the character though and otherwise the slab is a lovely clean example that displays beautifully.

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